Judge rules Philadelphia can't lose grant over 'sanctuary' policies


(Worthy News) - A federal judge ruled Wednesday the U.S. Justice Department can't deny grants to the city of Philadelphia, Pa., for refusing to assist immigration officials.

Judge Michael Baylson of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania ruled Attorney General Jeff Sessions' attempt to withhold $1.6 million in federal law-enforcement grant money under the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant was unconstitutional and that Philadelphia's so-called sanctuary policies are reasonable and appropriate.

"Philadelphia challenged three conditions of the grant including that the city must provide U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement access to city prisons to interview inmates, notify ICE in advance when undocumented individuals are released from prison and comply with a law requiring local officials to share information about the citizenship or immigration status of any person. [ Source: UPI (Read More...) ]

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