The Daily News reports that Mayor Nutter will sign an order tomorrow limiting the Philadelphia Police Department’s cooperation with federal immigration officials. Bottom line: It’s going to be a easier for undocumented immigrants to avoid deportation here.
The order is expected to preclude police from honoring detainer requests by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement except in cases where a person is convicted of a first- or second-degree felony involving violence, and only when ICE secures a warrant to support the detainer.
ICE detainers or “holds” are requests by federal immigration authorities for police to hold a person who was detained for an alleged crime for up to an additional 48 hours. That would allow ICE to take the person – if suspected of being an undocumented immigrant or a noncitizen – into their custody for possible deportation.
“Philadelphia is in the vanguard of showing how to start ending the deportations of our families and our community members, and is a great example at the national level and to showing President Obama what he can do to end deportations,” said Erika Almiron, executive director of Juntos, the South Philadelphia Latino-advocacy group. The city, as the nation’s fifth-largest, “can be the tipping point for the national dialogue.”
In February, Philly Mag interviewed pro-immigration activist Nicole Kligerman on why advocates wanted to end the city’s cooperation with ICE.