Major American City Shuns Trump's Deportation Squad
Philadelphia will stop giving U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement access to a real-time arrest database, accusing the agency of misusing the information to target people who are in the country illegally but are otherwise not accused of any crimes, the mayor announced Friday.
“We’re not going to provide them with information so they can go out and round people up,” Democrat Jim Kenney said.
The decision by the mayor means the city will not renew the contract with ICE that expires Aug. 31.
Two of three stakeholders in the contract — the city, the district attorney and the city courts — had to vote to end it. District Attorney Larry Krasner had said this month he would not renew the contract, saying it promotes oppressive practices.
At the time of publication, neither ICE nor the Department of Homeland Security returned requests for comment.