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Philly Mayor Pulls Police Aid for ICE

The city's mayor ordered the police department to shut down "data-sharing" with the immigration enforcement agency.

By NTK Staff | 07.30.2018 @5:15pm
Philly Mayor Pulls Police Aid for ICE

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney announced last week that the city’s police department will end a partnership with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), leading to the conclusion of a “data-sharing” agreement between the two agencies.

The move, according to NPR, prevents ICE agents from accessing the city’s PARS database, and it came after weeks of “Abolish ICE” protests in the city:

Through the system, where police log all the interactions they have with city residents, ICE can access a person’s full name, birth country and detention status. Not listed is whether someone is in the country legally or not. Kenney, however, accuses federal agents of doing guesswork to racially profile city residents.

Kenney reinstituted Philadelphia’s sanctuary city status after the previous Democratic mayor, Michael Nutter, allowed police to cooperate with federal immigration agencies.

He made clear at his announcement that he would take it even further. “If I could abolish ICE, I would,” he reportedly told the press.

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