immigration-issues

New Trump administration rule would OK indefinite detention of migrant families in Berks facility

BY: - August 21, 2019

The rule would effectively end the Flores settlement, a landmark 1997 order that established certain standards for family detention centers and a 20-day limit for detaining children.

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Donald Trump is in Western Pa.: Tell him you reject his cruel immigration policies | Opinion

BY: - August 13, 2019

The American people are fed up with Trump’s cruel policies that have torn families apart and pitted communities against each other.

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 We must resolve to end the mistreatment of immigrant children in Pa. – and everywhere | Opinion

BY: - August 2, 2019

The crisis at the Southern Border reaches our doorsteps in Chester County.

‘I’m not condemning anyone:’ Pa. Rep. Scott Perry faces fans, skeptics at town hall

BY: - July 31, 2019

HUMMELSTOWN, Pa — In his first in-person town hall in two years, U.S. Rep. Scott Perry, R-10th District, answered constituents’ questions on policy and politics for nearly an hour-and-a-half Tuesday night.  The conservative congressman, facing voters from a new district redrawn in 2018 to include Dauphin, Cumberland, and York counties, faced a few pointed questions and stern […]

Seeking to raise awareness, spark activism, artist brings Berks detention center documentary on tour

BY: - July 24, 2019

Located in Leesport, just outside Reading, the facility is owned by the county and rented by the federal government to house families awaiting word if they will stay in America or be deported to their country of origin.

ICE ordered her deportation. Instead she’s spent the last year living in a Va. church

BY: - July 22, 2019

Abbie Arevalo-Herrera is one of two women living in Virginia churches to avoid deportation by ICE, which has a policy of not arresting people in locations it deems “sensitive.”

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‘We should not allow history to repeat:’ How Pa.’s faithful are speaking up on the border crisis | Monday Morning Coffee

BY: - July 22, 2019

'They are knocking at our door,' one Catholic pastor says. 'Their knocks have gone unanswered.'

Pa.’s Fitzpatrick votes with Dems to condemn Trump’s tweets on Ocasio-Cortez, minority women in Congress

BY: and - July 16, 2019

The resolution passed the chamber by a vote of 240-187, with three other Republicans and one independent joining Fitzpatrick their Democratic colleagues in publicly condemning Trump after he suggested that four Democratic congresswomen “go back” to the “places from which they came.” 

On the eve of Trump’s immigration raids, protesters call for shutdown of Berks Family Detention Center

BY: - July 13, 2019

For 90 minutes, attendees chanted "Shame" and "Shut Down Berks" in both English and Spanish; sang songs, and heard stories of people who had been held in the detention center -- either separated or with their children.

Nineteen Pa. counties are actively collaborating with ICE to deport immigrants in local custody, new report finds

BY: - June 28, 2019

Pennsylvania's county governments are "systematically cooperating" with federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials to deport undocumented immigrants who end up in local police custody.

ACLU lawsuit alleges State Police acted as immigration enforcement during traffic stops

BY: - June 27, 2019

Ten state motorists are suing the Pennsylvania State Police for alleged racial profiling and enforcing federal immigration law without a criminal warrant. The allegations stem from five separate incidents beginning in early 2017, some including U.S. citizens. The plaintiffs, who are Latinx, contend they were asked to show proof of citizenship during routine interactions with […]

Despite immigration concerns, bill that expands use of federal work status checks passes House

BY: - June 17, 2019

By a 140-plus vote margin, the House on Monday passed a bill to expand federal immigration work status checks to the state's construction industry.