The Latest: Cities not backing down on 'sanctuary' order

Written by The Associated Press | Oct 28, 2017 7:47 AM

The City of Philadelphia

(New York) -- Philadelphia says it won't comply with an order from the Justice Department to cooperate more fully with immigration enforcement officials.

Philadelphia was among four so-called "sanctuary cities" that were given an Oct. 27 deadline to show they're not hampering enforcement of U.S. immigration law.

The Justice Department has threatened to cut off millions of dollars in federal grants to the cities.

Philadelphia City Solicitor Sozi Pedro Tulante sent a letter to the Justice Department Friday requesting that the department not withhold the funds.

New York City has sent a similar letter indicating that city officials believe they have met the legal conditions of the grant program.

In Philadelphia, about $1.7 million in grant funding is at stake.

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