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Jerry Wells with Mayor Kenney

Source: Justin Engelhardt / Justin Engelhardt City officials haven’t made a decision on renewing Philadelphia’s contract with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which expires Aug. 31 — but seven years ago the contract drew strong opposition in City Council.

In 2011, Council unanimously passed a resolution introduced by then-Councilman Jim Kenney and Councilwoman María Quiñones-Sánchez urging the city not to share with ICE the arrest information found in the Preliminary Arraignment Reporting System (PARS) database.

“The fear of deportation has created a significant barrier between the Police Department and immigrant communities, and hampered the district attorney’s ability to prosecute and convict criminals,” the 2011 resolution said.


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