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Why Philadelphia Is on the Federal Government’s Shaming List

“To be quite honest it kind of feels like they’re a bit obsessed with the city,” an immigrants’ rights activist said of the Department of Justice.
Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney at a press conference on sanctuary city policies in 2017.
Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney at a press conference on sanctuary city policies in 2017.Matt Rourke/AP

On Tuesday, the Department of Justice emailed a press release that started with a tweet from the Philadelphia Mayor’s deputy chief of staff.