Feds Slam Asplundh Tree Company Over Undocumented Workers


File photo of Asplundh workers cleaning up after a 2016 snowstorm. Photo by Frank Eltman/AP

Willow Grove-headquartered Asplundh Tree Expert – one of the largest private companies in Pennsylvania, with an estimated annual revenue of $3.9 billion – has been charged by the feds with rehiring undocumented workers who were dismissed following a 2009 Homeland Security audit.

Federal prosecutors say a company official, who has not been named, and vice president and regional manager Larry Gauger of Wayne, instructed their employees to use false documentation after Homeland Security found more than 100 of Gauger’s employees working in the country illegally.  Read more »

LGBTQ&A: Rafael Alvarez Febo

Rafael Alvarez Febo

Rafael Alvarez Febo is the community economic development coordinator for the Office of City Councilwoman Maria Quiñones-Sánchez. We chat with the long-time social justice advocate on being out in politics, defending DACA, and dismantling stereotypes about the Latinx queer community. Read more »

More Than 5,000 “Dreamers” Could Be Deported From Pa.

The White House announced on Tuesday morning that President Donald Trump plans end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which has allowed nearly 790,000 people who were brought the U.S. illegally as children to remain in the country while they work or attend school.

Trump’s decision affects roughly 5,000 people in Philly who are eligible for the Obama-era program, according to the Migration Policy Institute. The Washington, D.C.-based think tank reports that 21,000 people are eligible for DACA statewide. According to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, approximately 5,900 people are currently utilizing the program in Pa. Read more »

Here Is the Lawsuit That Philly Just Filed Against Jeff Sessions

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions in a file photo. (Alex Brandon/AP)

Philly sued Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday in the latest development of the heated sanctuary cities debate.

In its lawsuit, the city argues that conditions that Sessions recently added to a crucial Department of Justice grant program are “contrary to law, unconstitutional, and arbitrary and capricious.”  Read more »

AG Jeff Sessions Will Speak in Philly Friday Morning

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions in a file photo. (Alex Brandon/AP)

Attorney General Jeff Sessions will speak about sanctuary cities and violent crime in Philly Friday morning.

Sessions is scheduled to address law enforcement agencies at 11 a.m. at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, near Sixth and Chestnut streets.  Read more »

Wolf Pushes to Revoke License of Berks County Immigration Detention Center

L: (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) | R: Berks County Residential Center via Google Maps

L: (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) | R: Berks County Residential Center via Google Maps

Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration is attempting to revoke the license of a controversial Pennsylvania immigration detention center.

The contentious Berks County Residential Center, located about 75 miles northwest of Philadelphia, is one of three facilities in the country (the other two are in Texas) where the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency holds undocumented immigrant families.  Read more »

Why Sen. Casey Just Tried (and Failed) to Stop an ICE Deportation


An undocumented immigrant mother and her five-year-old son were reportedly deported from a Berks County immigration detention facility and sent back to Honduras, their native country, yesterday.

Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey spent a large chunk of his day fighting the deportation, which he called “a plane ride that can very likely lead to their death.” Casey asked President Donald Trump to intervene in a letter sent to the White House yesterday.  Read more »

City Council Passes Immigration Resolution

Photo | Jeff Fusco

Photo | Jeff Fusco

Amid heated national debate about so-called sanctuary cities, Philly is making its immigration stance loud and clear.

City Council has passed a resolution this week “recognizing every person’s fundamental right to earn a living, regardless of immigration status, and affirming the City of Philadelphia’s commitment to protect and secure a safe and dignified workplace for all.”  Read more »

Federal Judge Blocks Trump’s Attempt to Cut Funding to Sanctuary Cities

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President Donald Trump speaks at Mar-a-Lago, Thursday, April 6, 2017, in Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

A federal judge has thwarted President Donald Trump’s attempt to cut funding from so-called sanctuary cities.

Trump issued an executive order in February that would strip federal grant money “from the sanctuary states and cities that harbor illegal immigrants,” according to White House press secretary Sean Spicer.   Read more »

DOJ: Philly Must Prove it Complies With Federal Immigration Officials


The Department of Justice has requested Philadelphia and eight other jurisdictions to prove that they comply with federal immigration officials.

In a letter posted by the Los Angeles Times, acting Assistant Attorney General Alan R. Hanson wrote to Mayor Jim Kenney requesting that the city submit documentation that certifies its cooperation with 8 U.S. Code § 1373, which mandates that all jurisdictions must communicate with federal agencies and the Immigration and Naturalization Service.  Read more »

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