On February 24th, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agent Justin Ford met with Philadelphia police to take a prisoner facing deportation into custody and transfer him to York County Prison. But what he didn’t know is that the prisoner was actually an undercover Philadelphia police officer. Read more »
The millennials get all the press whenever Philadelphia’s population growth comes up, but the city’s booming immigrant communities are actually doing as much or more to power the city’s revival.
This is a new and heartening development for Philadelphia. The city’s share of foreign-born residents fell dramatically between 1960 and 1990, even as immigrant populations in other U.S. cities grew. Read more »
Mayor Nutter has joined with mayors of two dozen other large American cities to offer President Obama support in his efforts to reduce deportations of immigrants residing illegally in the United States.
“The president’s action on immigration will strengthen our cities. It will keep families together, grow our economies and foster additional community trust in law enforcement and government,” the coalition said in a statement. “We are ready — and together we’re rolling up our sleeves to turn this policy into a better reality for millions of hardworking people in the communities we serve.”
Let’s give this to Daryl Metcalfe: If you wanted to create a religious-right bogeyman that almost perfectly fit the fevered nightmares of liberals, he’d pretty closely fit the bill.
Metcalfe is the Pennsylvania Republican probably best known for silencing openly gay Rep. Brian Sims on the House floor last year because Sims’ comments in favor of gay marriage would’ve been “against God’s law.”
“I’m a Christian,” Metcalfe said at the time. “Based on the command of Jesus Christ, of Almighty God, I love my fellow man. I work to protect their liberties.”
Unless, of course, his fellow man is an immigrant. Or somebody trying to help an immigrant. Or, worse yet, someone trying to help an immigrant child. Then Metcalfe’s love somehow disappears.
You’ve probably heard by now about all those immigrant children who have arrived at America’s southern border this year. Rep. Darryl Metcalfe has, and he wants Pennsylvania to have nothing to do with them. So he’s proposing a bill that would threaten the state license of any care facility that houses any such children in cooperation with federal officials. There are hundreds of such children being housed in the state.
Immigration authorities have moved the bulk of their enforcement activities to the suburbs since Mayor Nutter ended cooperation with the feds during the spring, an immigrant-rights group reports.
“In some counties ICE (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement) meets with the district attorney twice per week,” said Jasmine Rivera, lead organizer for Juntos, a Philadelphia immigrant-rights organization. “In Chester county the juvenile court system reports all undocumented juveniles to ICE. Driver’s license check-points are used to identify undocumented immigrants. And we have noticed an increase of arrests in the suburbs of Philadelphia, where there are no ICE hold policies”
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Gov. Chris Christie is in Mexico this week — ostensibly on a trade mission, but probably also burnishing his presidential credentials — but there’s one thing he really doesn’t want to talk about. Immigration.
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More than 300 refugees — from Burma, Cuba, Somalia, and Bhutan — settled in Lancaster County during the first six months of 2014; now plans are under way to create a permanent refugee center in the county. The center would be located at Reynolds Middle School in Lancaster; the children of refugees account for 8 percent of the student body there. The Lancaster County Refugee Coalition is overseeing efforts. Read more »
Well that kind of “let’s needlessly panic the masses about immigrants” leadership just may end up looking like the good old days. Soon.
The Patriot-News reports that Pennsylvania Republicans are now expressing concern that these young immigrants are actually … gang members.