City to Host Immigration Forum During the Democratic National Convention

Mayor Kenney will join the mayors of New York and Phoenix and national immigration experts for a conversation on the impact of immigration in the U.S.

Photo | Jim Kenney

Photo | Jim Kenney

The Mayor’s office will host a discussion on immigration during the Democratic National Convention this month.

Mayor Jim Kenney will join Bill de Blasio, the mayor of New York, and Greg Stanton, the mayor of Phoenix, as well as national immigration experts for a discussion of immigration’s impact on the nation.

The immigration forum will also address how cities and businesses can build “inclusive and welcoming” communities without extensive federal immigration reform.

The forum will be held from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on July 25th in the ballroom of the National Museum of American Jewish History.

Philly, like New York, is considered a “sanctuary city,” meaning its laws help to protect undocumented immigrants from deportation, sometimes against the wishes of federal immigration enforcement. Kenney renewed Philly’s sanctuary city status in January.

The U.S. Department of Justice recently issued controversial guidelines that could prevent Philly and other sanctuary cities from collecting federal grant funding.

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