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Immigration Law

Federal Court: Sessions' Bid to Curb Philly's Sanctuary City Status is Unconstitutional

Alicia Victoria Lozano, NBCPhiladelphia, June 6, 2018 - "In a decision that made Mayor Jim Kenney break out into song and dance, a federal judge ruled that the Trump administration cannot cut off grants to Philadelphia over how the city deals with undocumented immigrants.

U.S. District Judge Michael Baylson issued a 93-page memo, saying the conditions placed on the city by the federal government in order to receive the funding are unconstitutional, "arbitrary and capricious." He also wrote that Philadelphia's policies are reasonable and appropriate.

Baylson's decision prompted Kenney, who has fought with the White House over several issues since Trump took office, to do a little victory dance in front of staffers. The video was tweeted Wednesday by his deputy chief of staff. 

Steve Preston@StevePrest
Needless to say, I think @janeslusser and @PhillyMayor are pretty excited about today’s ruling affirming Philadelphia as a Sanctuary City.

In his opinion, Baylson cited public remarks made by Sessions and President Donald Trump accusing immigrants of committing more crimes than native-born citizens. Those statements “are inaccurate as applied to Philadelphia, and do not justify the imposition of these three conditions” in order to receive the grant money, the judge wrote in his opinion."