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Immigration activist Francisco Hernandez said sanctuary cities are a "political phantom."

Hernandez was reacting to the decision by Federal Judge William Orrick III to block nationwide implementation of President Trump's plan to withhold funding for such cities.

"It is a political phantom," he said. "A city, state or county cannot tell the government" they can't apprehend suspects.

Stephen Camarota of the Center for Immigration Studies said Hernandez neglected to mention that many illegal immigrants are purposely released by local authorities before ICE can pick them up.

Mark Steyn questioned why Orrick, an Obama appointee, can unilaterally legislate from the bench in such a way.

He noted that in the sanctuary city of New York, a DUI is not considered a deportable crime in Mayor Bill de Blasio's (D) book.

The panel discussed whether such a stance was indeed a danger to public safety.

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