2017/10/19 - CITIES AND COUNTIES FILE AMICUS BRIEF IN PHILADELPHIA V. SESSIONS URGING DISTRICT COURT TO BAR TRUMP ADMINISTRATION FROM BLOCKING LAW ENFORCEMENT GRANTS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 19, 2017
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CITIES AND COUNTIES FILE AMICUS BRIEF IN SUPPORT OF PLAINTIFFS IN PHILADELPHIA V. SESSIONS

A coalition of cities and counties, led by the County of Santa Clara, are filing an amicus brief in support of the plaintiffs in the City of Philadelphia v. Sessions. Twenty-four cities, counties, and municipal agencies, along with four major associations of local governments and their officials, signed the brief, which supports Philadelphia's motion for a preliminary injunction that would prevent the Department of Justice from denying federal funding based on new, arbitrary grant requirements.

The amici understand that it is essential for cities to build and maintain the trust of all their residents, regardless of immigration status. To advance public safety, cities must be able to adopt policies that foster that trust and meet communities’ unique needs. The DOJ’s new conditions on the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant program violate federal law, usurp local control over public safety policy, erode the community trust on which local law enforcement depends, and create uncertainty for local governments.

For amicus brief filing, click here.

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