Nutter to Curtail Police Cooperation With Immigration Authorities

But immigrant groups say the mayor hasn’t been transparent enough.

The Inquirer reports that Mayor Nutter is on the verge of signing an order that would greatly curtail Philadelphia’s cooperation with federal immigration authorities.

Under current policy, if a person arrested by Philadelphia Police is found to be in the country illegally—an “undocumented immigrant”—then U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement can have the jail hold the arrestee for possible deportation. Nutter’s order would end those holds, “except those charged with first- or second-degree felonies involving violence.”


But advocates for immigrants say they want a closer look at Nutter's order before giving their stamp of approval:

Erika Almiron, executive director of Juntos, a South Philadelphia group for Latino immigrants, said advocates had not seen a copy of the draft order.

"We are asking for transparency," she said. "The immigrant community should have some involvement and voice about what it looks like."

Nutter's order is expected to become official within a few weeks.

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  • matthew brandley

    Obama lets these clowns go regardless! remebe folks. Obama selects what laws he wants to enforece anymore . As fuer he can do whatever he wats. que up the lib atacks

  • Storm Plains

    “The immigrant community should have some involvement and voice about what it looks like.” Yes, we should allow ILLEGAL ALIEN CRIMINALS to dictate what should be in America’s laws. What an oxymoron and a stupid thing to say by on non-english speaking invaders.

  • Kcantihwd

    I would invite a flood of immigrants seeking to work every day and contribute to our economy (obviously, in a law abiding fashion), in exchange for masses of “American born” who’ve, for multiple generations, felt entitled to government handouts. We should build a 3 square mile walled compound in some place like Nevada, drop a bunch of building materials inside, along with all the violent criminals, and a stash of weapons, and see who survives… Then we pay that person to run it for the next 5 years.

  • wiselatina2theright

    Mayor Nutter recklessly putting the needs of illegal alien criminals above the public safety and security of law-abiding residents, visitors, workers and businesses in the city of Philadelphia.

  • wiselatina2theright

    How about the safety and security interests of law abiding Philadelphians, visitors, students, workers? The interests of illegal aliens to have freedom and a special pass from the City to commit crimes and have no fear of being deported is absurd. Prostitution, vandalism, theft, fraud, all are misdemeanors….as well as dui, and a whole mess of other crimes. Michael Nutter apparently believes that harbiring, aiding and abetting criminal aliens is more important thsn public safety.
    Call his office!

  • Margaret Adelsberger

    ICE is there to apprehend federal lawbreakers. Police are there to apprehend local lawbreakers. Working together, ICE agents and Philadelphia police make for a safer city, i.e., what is currently termed, a Secure City.

    If a major Pennsylvania city like Philadelphia becomes a Sanctuary City,
    it will attract even more lawbreaking illegal aliens. Do we want lawlessness to reign? Do we want
    Pennsylvania to become another bankrupt California? Let your voices be heard.