Attorney General Sessions speaks out on sanctuary cities

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SAN FRANCISCO —  Attorney General Jeff Sessions was in Philadelphia to speak at the U.S. attorney’s office about sanctuary cities such as Philadelphia, where policies on immigrants serve to attract criminals, he said.

Meanwhile, a federal judge refused to reinstate President Donald Trump‘s executive order to cut funding from cities that limit cooperation with U.S. immigration authorities.

U.S. District Court Judge William Orrick in San Francisco made the ruling Thursday.

The U.S. Department of Justice had asked Orrick to reverse his own injunction in April against Trump’s executive order. The injunction was issued in response to lawsuits by San Francisco and Santa Clara County.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions wrote a memo in May saying the executive order should be applied narrowly to a small number of grants and to very specific violations of immigration law.

The Justice Department said the memo negated the need for Orrick’s injunction.

Orrick said he found this unconvincing because Sessions could reverse himself at any moment.