Attorney General Jeff Sessions is firm when it comes to sanctuary cities, as every American should be!
Sanctuary cities harbor illegal fugitives. They may think they are helping them, when in reality, it hurts the rest of us!
Philadelphia is one of those cities, and they are now throwing a tantrum since the restrictions went into effect regarding federal grants to local governments who are sanctuary cities. They have announced that they are suing over facing losing their grants or turning over their illegal immigrants.
The Trump administration directive requires applicants to provide Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials with access to undocumented immigrants detained by local authorities, a move targeting cities that refuse such federal requests.
Philly Mayor Jim Kinney said, “As far as we can tell, these unprecedented grant conditions are purely political.”
He continued, “The Trump administration claims that it is imposing these to keep Philadelphians safer, but the facts don’t lie. Philadelphia isn’t breaking federal law.”
Philadelphia and other cities receiving the federal grant money have had to certify that they are in compliance with federal law that prohibits bans on communication between law enforcement agencies and ICE. The city has received assurances that it conforms to the law.
But the new Justice Department rules also require Philadelphia and other cities to give ICE 48 hours’ notice before releasing any undocumented immigrants taken into custody. ICE agents must also be given access to city detention facilities to question detainees about their immigration status.
The new conditions are part of the Trump administration’s efforts to crack down on sanctuary cities, jurisdictions that refuse to enforce federal immigration laws and deny ICE requests to detain undocumented immigrants.
Philadelphia Solicitor Sozi Pedro Tulante said the city’s lawsuit will ask a federal court to determine that Sessions does not have the authority to impose the new conditions. The attorney general cannot use grant funding to force cities and counties to implement federal immigration policy, the lawsuit argues.