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

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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

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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

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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 »

AG Sessions: No More Funds for Sanctuary Cities

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

During a speech in Washington, D.C. today, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said that so-called sanctuary cities – or jurisdictions that do not comply with federal immigration laws – will not receive grants from the Department of Justice moving forward.  Read more »

SXSW Day 2: Mayor Kenney Keeps It Real on Immigration

Mayor Kenney sits on ‘Building Bridges When Others Want to Build Walls’ panel at SXSW. Image via Twitter.

Mayor Kenney sits on “Building Bridges When Others Want to Build Walls” panel at SXSW. Image via Twitter.

The Trump administration has been looming over SXSW this year — there was a well-attended discussion titled “A Conversation With the Failing New York Times” and a tech rally for Planned Parenthood, for example. And on Saturday, March 11th, Philly got the opportunity to weigh in on the administration’s controversial immigration policies.

Mayor Kenney sat on a panel titled, “Building Bridges When Other Want to Build Walls” along with fellow panelists Mayor Gonzales of Santa Fe and Kate Brick from the New American Economy, a national coalition of business leaders and mayors. They tackled questions about the current climate for immigrants in the United States and how we can all do our part to support these individuals. Read more »

Sanctuary Cities Bill That Could Defund Philly Clears Pa. Senate

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A bill that could drastically restrict state funding to so-called sanctuary cities like Philadelphia has cleared the Pennsylvania Senate.

State lawmakers yesterday pushed the controversial bill onto the House in a 37-12 vote. Senate Bill 10, known as the Municipal Sanctuary and Federal Enforcement Act, or SAFE Act, would bar municipalities from adopting so-called “sanctuary” policies that refer to the refusal to comply with federal detention orders issued by Immigrations and Custom Enforcement.  Read more »

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