Put this story down in the puzzle column. Add the second part of the headline, Justice Department sides with Republican Pat Toomey against ‘sanctuary city’ policy, who is up for re-election as PA Senator, and double the puzzle. Honestly, I have tuned out for the past week or so on the news business, so maybe someone else can help me out here. Pressure on Philadelphia just as the Dems march in to town? I posted earlier, that every square foot of public space has been spoken for as far as demonstrations are concerned. It’s 1968 again – a look back at the Democratic Convention covers the plan. The Administration could be changing its policy for real? Hmm. I am so cynical these days.
A new Justice Department policy announced last week bars sanctuary cities such as Philadelphia, the host of the Democratic National Convention, from receiving millions of dollars worth of federal law enforcement grants, putting further pressure on Pennsylvania Democrats to abandon policies that impede federal immigration officials.
The Justice Department notified cities last Thursday that they would no longer receive federal law enforcement grants, which totaled $3.4 billion in the past five years, if they have laws on the books that interfere with requests for immigration information from federal authorities.
Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, who implemented the policy that bars cooperation between city law enforcement and federal immigration agents earlier this year, has resisted pressure from the Obama administration to back down on the issue. Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson even traveled to Philadelphia to personally request that Kenney change course but was rejected.
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