Attorney General Jeff Sessions threatened to keep the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant from the city if it refused to allow ICE agents into city prisons, notify the agency when undocumented immigrants leave prisons, and share information with the federal government about any individual’s immigration status.
Philadelphia’s police force is not an arm of federal immigration agencies, argued the city, and acting as such would damage community relations.
A similar ruling in favor of Philadelphia last November found that withholding the funds would significantly damage the city’s ability to maintain its police force. The DOJ appealed that decision in January.
In addition to declaring that the city is “entitled to prompt payment” of the grant, Baylson refuted the Trump administration’s repeated claims that American cities should participate in federal immigration enforcement because undocumented immigrants commit high rates of crime.
“The public statements of President Trump and Attorney General Sessions, asserting that immigrants commit more crimes than native-born citizens, are inaccurate as applied to Philadelphia, and do not justify the imposition of these three conditions,” that the administration attempted to impose on the city in exchange for its law enforcement funding, Baylson wrote.
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