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Philadelphia Rejects 'Sanctuary City' Compromise



    Philadelphia Rejects 'Sanctuary City' Compromise
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    Members of the "Angels without Borders" organization burn an effigy of President Donald Trump during a protest against his anti-immigrant policy on the Mexico-U.S. border, by Playas de Tijuana on May 10, 2018. Trump has grown increasingly agitated over immigration apprehensions at the border, unleashing his frustrations on Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, according to sources.

    Philadelphia officials and the Justice Department are rejecting a federal judge's idea for settling their dispute over how the city deals with immigrants in the country illegally.

    The U.S. government wants to withhold a federal grant to Philadelphia because as a "sanctuary city" it will only turn over immigrants to Immigration and Customs Enforcement if they have a warrant signed by a judge.

    The city is defending its policy and fighting the effort to block the funding.

    U.S. District Judge Michael Baylson suggested ICE provide and that the city accept criminal documentation instead of a warrant.

    The city says it will only accept a signed order from a judge and federal officials argue the judge's proposed solution is not workable

    A federal appeals court last month sided with Chicago in a similar dispute.