AG Sessions: No More Funds for Sanctuary Cities

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions in a file photo. (Alex Brandon/AP)

During a speech in Washington, D.C. today, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said that so-called sanctuary cities – or jurisdictions that do not comply with federal immigration laws – will not receive grants from the Department of Justice moving forward.  Read more »

SXSW Day 2: Mayor Kenney Keeps It Real on Immigration

Mayor Kenney sits on ‘Building Bridges When Others Want to Build Walls’ panel at SXSW. Image via Twitter.

Mayor Kenney sits on “Building Bridges When Others Want to Build Walls” panel at SXSW. Image via Twitter.

The Trump administration has been looming over SXSW this year — there was a well-attended discussion titled “A Conversation With the Failing New York Times” and a tech rally for Planned Parenthood, for example. And on Saturday, March 11th, Philly got the opportunity to weigh in on the administration’s controversial immigration policies.

Mayor Kenney sat on a panel titled, “Building Bridges When Other Want to Build Walls” along with fellow panelists Mayor Gonzales of Santa Fe and Kate Brick from the New American Economy, a national coalition of business leaders and mayors. They tackled questions about the current climate for immigrants in the United States and how we can all do our part to support these individuals. Read more »

Sanctuary Cities Bill That Could Defund Philly Clears Pa. Senate

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A bill that could drastically restrict state funding to so-called sanctuary cities like Philadelphia has cleared the Pennsylvania Senate.

State lawmakers yesterday pushed the controversial bill onto the House in a 37-12 vote. Senate Bill 10, known as the Municipal Sanctuary and Federal Enforcement Act, or SAFE Act, would bar municipalities from adopting so-called “sanctuary” policies that refer to the refusal to comply with federal detention orders issued by Immigrations and Custom Enforcement.  Read more »

WATCH: Syrian Family Deported From PHL Lands at JFK

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Sarmad Assali, left, accompanied by her son Joseph Assali, and Farzaneh Ahmadi Darani, center left, and her sister Shadi Ahmadi Darani, speaks during a news conference at City Hall on January 31st. Family members of both the Ahmadi Darani’s and Assali’s were denied entry into the U.S. at PHL over the weekend due to President Donald Trump’s temporary ban on immigrants from seven Muslim-majority nations. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

The Syrian family who was deported from the Philadelphia International Airport on January 28th – one day after President Donald Trump passed his executive order on immigration – has returned to the country.  Read more »

Members of Syrian Family Deported at PHL Sue President Trump

Johanna Noonan, of Philadelphia, holds up a sign during a protest of President Donald Trump's executive order banning travel to the U.S. by citizens of several countries Sunday, January 29th, 2017, at Philadelphia International Airport in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Corey Perrine)

Johanna Noonan, of Philadelphia, holds up a sign during a protest of President Donald Trump’s executive order banning travel to the U.S. by citizens of several countries Sunday, January 29th, 2017, at Philadelphia International Airport in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Corey Perrine)

Members of a Syrian family who were detained and deported by officials at the Philadelphia International Airport this past weekend have sued President Donald Trump, the Department of Homeland Security and Customs and Border Protection.  Read more »

Pa. Senate Considering Bill That Would Defund Philly

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Update, 5 p.m.: Senate Bill 10 was pulled from the Senate Appropriations Committee agenda this afternoon.

Earlier:

The Pennsylvania Senate is scheduled to consider a bill today that would defund Philadelphia and other “sanctuary cities” in the commonwealth. The bill is scheduled to be considered by the Senate Appropriations Committee, one of the first steps in the process of passing new legislation.

Senate Bill 10 would ban Pennsylvania’s cities from adopting “sanctuary” policies (generally, this means not checking into someone’s immigration status, and not complying with federal detention orders). According to a memorandum from bill sponsor Guy Reschenthaler, it bans cities and counties from adopting “a rule, order, ordinance or policy under which it prohibits the enforcement of the laws of the Commonwealth or federal laws pertaining to immigrants or immigrations, including the federal Immigration and Nationality Act.” Read more »

The Latest: How Philly’s Reacting to Trump’s Immigration Ban

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Rachel Brock of Abington Township, Pa. holds up a sign during a protest of President Donald Trump’s executive action barring individuals from certain Muslim majority countries from entering the United States, Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017, at Philadelphia International Airport in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Corey Perrine)

Between 5,000 and 6,000 people gathered at the Philadelphia International Airport yesterday to protest President Donald Trump‘s executive order to limit travel for refugees and migrants from seven predominantly Muslim countries.  Read more »

Trump: I’ll Strip Federal Funding From Philadelphia

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At a news conference on Wednesday afternoon, Donald Trump’s press secretary told reporters that the president has signed an executive order to strip federal grant funding from so-called “sanctuary cities.” Philadelphia is one of them.

“Federal agencies are going to unapologetically enforce the law — no ifs, ands or buts,” White House press secretary Sean Spicer said today. “We’re going to strip federal grant money from the sanctuary states and cities that harbor illegal immigrants. The American people are no longer going to have to subsidize this disregard for our laws.” Read more »

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