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Attorney General Jeff Sessions to visit over sanctuary cities

Written by The Associated Press | Jul 21, 2017 3:33 AM
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Attorney General Jeff Sessions attends a news conference to announce an international cybercrime enforcement action at the Department of Justice, Thursday, July 20, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

(Philadelphia) -- U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is bringing the federal fight over so-called sanctuary cities to Philadelphia.

Sessions plans today to visit the city that has said its local law enforcement will not act as immigration agents -- a stance he has challenged as unconstitutional.

A federal judge last week said he's not likely to reinstate President Donald Trump's executive order to cut funding from cities that limit cooperation with U.S. immigration authorities.

Sessions recently singled out Philadelphia in speaking with law enforcement officials in Las Vegas, saying the city is "advertising" its policy and "protecting criminals."

Sessions' trip comes on the heels of a New York Times interview published this week in which Trump expressed frustration with Sessions for recusing himself from the FBI probe into Russian election tampering.

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