November 15, 2017-
Philadelphia scored a legal victory in its fight to keep federal funding Wednesday after a judge issued a preliminary injunction barring the Justice Department from withholding more than $1 million in crime-fighting aid over the city’s so-called sanctuary city policies. The department has argued that Philadelphia — along with several other major cities and counties — does not appear to be in compliance with federal immigration law, does not meet the other conditions of the grant and therefore should not receive funds.
But U.S. District Judge Michael Baylson ruled Wednesday that the city was “in substantial compliance” with the statute governing the grant and said denying Philadelphia $1.6 million in aid would cause “irreparable harm.” “The city’s policies do not protect illegal aliens who commit crimes,” Baylson said. “Criminal aliens are not shielded from criminal prosecution or from federal immigration authorities.” “Given Philadelphia’s unique approach to meshing the legitimate needs of the federal government to remove criminal aliens with the city’s promotion of health and safety, there is no conflict of any significance,” he added.