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A federal judge on Wednesday ruled in favor of the city of Philadelphia over whether the Trump administration could withhold law enforcement grants over city officials’ “sanctuary city” policies.

The Philly Inquirer reported that a federal judge said the Trump administration’s policy to withhold certain law enforcement grants based on local immigration policies “violates statutory and constitutional law,” and said that the city’s policy of not complying fully with federal immigration authorities was “reasonable, rational,” and “equitable.”

The article goes on to state the following:

The verdict follows a similar ruling from a different federal judge over Philadelphia’s policy last year. That judge found that the city proved withholding the grants would cause “irreparable damage” to the city’s law enforcement abilities.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) appealed that judge’s ruling in January, setting up Wednesday’s decision. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has vowed to use law enforcement grants as a way to coerce cities and municipalities sanctuary city policies to cooperate with federal immigration authorities, a policy that has set off a string of lawsuits in blue and purple states around the country.

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