Hogan Lovells Wins for Philadelphia in Fight for Sanctuary Policies

PHILADELPHIA, 6 June 2018 – Hogan Lovells on behalf of the City of Philadelphia won a permanent injunction enjoining Attorney General Sessions from withholding the City’s formula grant funding under the Byrne JAG program on account of its policies to protect immigrants. U.S. District Judge Michael Baylson said that the city’s policies were “reasonable” and “rational.” He stated that the Attorney General’s conditions for federal funding “violate statutory and constitutional law,” were imposed in violation of the Administrative Procedure Act, and are “arbitrary and capricious.”

The Department of Justice has been threatening to defund localities like Philadelphia on account of their so-called "sanctuary city" policies for over a year. In November, U.S. District Judge Michael Baylson issued a preliminary injunction that blocked the federal government’s attempt to withhold the funds. In April, a Federal appeals court sided with the city of Chicago in a similar dispute; also enjoining the Department from adding immigration-enforcement conditions to localities’ formula grants.

The Hogan Lovells team that has represented the City is spearheaded by partners Virginia Gibson and Neal Katyal, and includes senior associates Sara Solow, Jasmeet Ahuja, Kirti Datla, and associates Alex Bowerman and Reedy Swanson.

Read Judge Baylson’s decision here.

Read more about Hogan Lovells representation here.

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