House Judiciary chair Jerry Nadler, House Oversight chair Elijah Cummings and House Homeland Security chair Bennie Thompson. Photos: Getty Images

Three House committee chairs sent a letter to the White House and the Department of Homeland Security on Monday requesting documents related to President Trump's desire to send detained migrants to Democratic-leaning "sanctuary cities."

The big picture: The idea, reportedly first debated last November and confirmed by Trump in a tweet last week, has been legally rebuffed by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. In the letter, House Judiciary chair Jerry Nadler, House Oversight chair Elijah Cummings and House Homeland Security chair Bennie Thompson question the legality of Trump's proposal and call out the administration for "manipulating release decisions for purely political reasons."

Go deeper: "Sanctuary city" mayors welcome Trump's latest immigration idea

Go deeper

Trump's new TikTok threat

Photo illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios. Photo: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

President Trump said twice Monday that the U.S. Treasury would need to get a portion of the sale price of TikTok, as a condition of regulatory approval.

Why it matters: This is akin to extortion — the sort of thing you'd expect to hear on a wiretap, not from the White House in front of reporters.

Ford names James Farley as new CEO amid ongoing turnaround effort

James Hackett, left, is retiring as Ford CEO. Jim Farley, right, takes over Oct. 1. Photo: Ford

Ford announced Tuesday that James Farley will take over as its next CEO, replacing James Hackett, 65, who is retiring after three years in the job.

Why it matters: It leaves Farley to complete the company's ongoing turnaround effort. The transition will be that much harder as the industry tries to navigate the coronavirus-induced economic slowdown which shuttered Ford plants for two months on the eve of some of its most important vehicle launches.

Updated 3 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Watch the full "Axios on HBO" interview with President Trump

In this episode of “Axios on HBO”, President Trump discusses his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, the upcoming election and much more with National Political Correspondent Jonathan Swan.

The interview was filmed on Tuesday, July 28 and aired Monday, Aug. 3 on HBO.