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The DC: 🚌 Busing immigrants to sanctuary cities, and... Should the DOJ investigate possible spying on the Trump campaign?

by Countable | 4.15.19

Welcome to Monday, April 15th, tax-filers and tax-extensioners...

"[W]e are indeed, as reported, giving strong considerations to placing Illegal Immigrants in Sanctuary Cities."

So tweeted President Donald Trump after the Washington Post published a story late Thursday revealing that the idea had been “floated and rejected” several times in the past few months.

On Sunday, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders confirmed busing migrants to sanctuary cities is "an option on the table."

"The president heard the idea, he likes it, so we're looking to see if there are options that make it possible and doing a full and thorough and extensive review," Sanders told ABC's "This Week."

Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), who heads the House Committee on Homeland Security, lamented that even suggesting placing unauthorized immigrants in sanctuary cities is “a reminder that the Trump administration’s reckless immigration agenda is not about keeping the country safe, but about partisan politics and wantonly inflicting cruelty.”

Do you support a proposal to bus unauthorized immigrants to sanctuary cities?

On the Radar

Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

In honor of Tax Day, we're re-visiting the Tax Cuts and Jobs Actthe largest tax cut for individuals and businesses in 30 years.

Here are two quotes that symbolize the partisan divide on its impact:

For more on this historic act, take a look at our video explainer.

Many (Un)Happy (Tax) Returns

The Illinois state Senate has advanced a bill that would require all future presidential candidates – including Donald Trump - to release five years of personal tax returns in order to appear on the state’s ballot.

“This is, quite frankly, with all due respect to the sponsor, an embarrassing waste of the Senate’s time,” Republican state Sen. Dale Righter said.

Democratic Sen. Tony Munoz, who sponsored the bill, disagreed.

“If you want to run for vice president or president of the United States, hey, what’s wrong with providing your tax returns for the past five years?” Munoz said. “If you’ve got nothing to hide, you shouldn’t worry about anything.”

Should presidential candidates have to release their tax returns to be on the ballot?

Under the Radar

The Spy Who Loathed Me

Attorney General William Barr has suggested to lawmakers that he believes Trump's presidential campaign was spied on by the Justice Department—and that he’s ordering a review of a counterintelligence investigation into the Trump campaign and possible Russian collusion.

"I think spying on a political campaign is a big deal," Barr said, echoing claims made by Trump. "I think spying did occur."

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) told reporters she’s disappointed in the AG’s comments.

“Let me just say how very, very dismaying and disappointing that the chief law enforcement officer of our country is going off the rails, yesterday and today," Pelosi said. "He is the attorney general of the United States of America, not the attorney general of Donald Trump.”

Should possible spying on the Trump campaign be investigated?

That's Detention For You

Trump advisers met at the White House last week to discuss increasing military involvement at the U.S.-Mexico border, including building tent-city detention camps for unauthorized immigrants.

NBC News reported on Friday that President Trump wants to send additional troops to the border to build and maintain detention camps for unauthorized immigrants who can’t be placed in existing facilities—many of which are already over capacity.

The Posse Comitatus Act prohibits the use of active-duty service members for law enforcement within the U.S., unless they are specifically authorized by Congress. Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan, who was at the meeting, is open to sending more troops to the border provided they respect federal law. 

Do you support the military building camps for immigrants?

Your Gov at a Glance 👀

The White House: President Trump in D.C. & MN

  • At 2:00pm EDT, the president will partiicpate in a roundtable discussion on the economy and tax reform at Nuss Truck and Equipment in Burnsville, Minnesota.

The House of Representatives: Out

  • The House will return Monday, April 29th.

The Senate: Out

  • The Senate will return Monday, April 29th.

What You're Saying

Here's how you're answering Should Young American Citizens Be Able to Pre-Register to Vote at 16?

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But wait, there's more!

And, in the End…

Hogan Knows Best

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Happy Tax Day, all,

—Josh Herman

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