Is Philadelphia the next city to end ICE Holds?

PFUN Members celebrating the historic City Council Hearings

On March 12, 2014 the city of Philadelphia, for the first time ever in it’s history, held public City Council hearings on the issue of local police collaborating with federal immigration agents and the use of ICE Holds. It was an empowering day when our community marched from South Philadelphia all the way to Center City and slowly filled City Council Chambers and began speaking out against this unjust system in place in our city. These historic hearings come after months of hard work from our coalition partners and also as a result of the many years of hard work on behalf of many different organizations in the city of Philadelphia. We should all be extremely proud of the great work we are all doing for immigrant communities in the city of brotherly love and sisterly affection.

Juntos, and the rest of the Philadelphia Family Unity Network (PFUN) members (1Love MovementNew Sanctuary Movement of PhiladelphiaPennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship CoalitionVictim/Witness Services of South Philadelphia) are extremely proud of our city officials for taking a stand against the unjust use of ICE Holds in our city and the separation of families through deportations. We look forward to working with the city of Philadelphia as the policy is officially drafted to ensure that our community’s voices and concerns are addressed. We also want to personally want to thank all the amazing organizations who have been lending their support in this important fight for immigrant rights in Philadelphia.

Thank you; AFRICOM, ACANA, American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania, American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) of Newark, Asian Americans United, Boat People SOS Delaware Valley, Concilio, Congreso de Latinos Unidos, Council on American Islamic Relations, Coalition of Labor Union Women, FAVOR International, Fight for Drivers Licenses, HIAS Pennsylvania, Media Mobilizing Project, National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON), The Philadelphia Student Union, Women Organized Against Rape and other organizations across the city.

To read the testimonies of all the Juntos members please see the links below

Cristobal Valencia        Adan Tlatlenco        Karla Rojas

Juana Aparicio        Maria Serna        Erika Almiron

To read all the amazing testimonies that were presented that day please
go to PICC’s website here.

For some amazing press coverage check out these pieces by NBC 10 and AL Dia News as well as the video embeded below of Councilmen James Kenney and Curtin Jones Jr. as they respond to anti-immigrant testifiers at the hearing.

Also check out our press archive for much more press coverage.