NEW REPORT FINDS THAT PENNSYLVANIA LOCAL GOVERNMENTS ARE HEAVILY INVOLVED WITH FEDERAL IMMIGRATION ENFORCEMENT

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LOCALITIES ACROSS PA HAVE OPTED TO USE GOVERNMENT RESOURCES TO ASSIST ICE 
A report released on June of 2019 by Juntos along with the Sheller Center at Temple Law reveals the extent of collaboration between local governments and ICE in the era of the Trump administration. Many local governments in Pennsylvania have made the choice to actively engage and support federal immigration enforcement. In contrast, other local governments across the country have opted not to use their local resources to assist ICE.
Pennsylvania counties, for example, are consistently collaborating with ICE pursuant to written policies or informal practices. County jails and probation departments regularly share information about immigrants and help ICE to locate and arrest immigrants. Local police collaboration with ICE appears to be less systematic and mostly ad hoc, with individual officers choosing to become involved in federal immigration enforcement.
READ THE FULL REPORT ONLINE HERE

Most recently, some cities and towns have canceled their lucrative federal contracts to detain immigrants in county jails or prisons. “Local governments are finally recognizing the value of immigrants in their communities and rejecting the Trump administration’s tactics,” said Miguel Andrade, Communications Manager of Juntos. “We are hopeful that local governments will reconsider how to best use their resources to serve their local communities rather than the federal ICE enforcement machinery.
Some of the key findings from the report are outlined below:
  • County jails systematically share information with ICE on a weekly, if not daily basis.
  • County probation officers work with ICE to entice immigrants to come in for appointments so they may be arrested by ICE.
  • Pennsylvania counties receive millions of dollars for jailing ICE detainees, who are being held for civil immigration violations.
  • In 2017 and 2018, the ICE detainee population in Pennsylvania increased.
  • Inspection reports of these county jails have revealed that ICE detainees lack access to medical care.
  • ICE has actively courted police departments in Pennsylvania to engage in federal immigration enforcement.
  • The lack of formal written policies in police departments about interactions with ICE has created an opening for individual police officers to act based on their own personal inclinations.

Further, the report provides information about the eight federal contracts in Pennsylvania to detain immigrants in county jails for civil immigration violations. “Despite the significant human costs of jailing such immigrants, counties are profiting off the growing numbers of immigrants in civil detention,” said Amy Chin-Arroyo, a Temple Law student who coauthored the report.
READ THE FULL REPORT ONLINE HERE
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