After nearly three decades, the York County Prison will no longer detain immigrants who face deportation proceedings. This move was applauded by many immigrant advocates, who have strongly felt that detainees can face removal proceedings without being detained. The decision to close the detention center was caused by a budgetary issue. » Read More
New research conducted by Progressive Think Tank Keystone Research Center, announced in May, revealed that naturalizing undocumented immigrants in Pennsylvania would substantially benefit the state’s budget. Pennsylvania is home to 900,000 individuals who have an immigrant background, accounting for 7% of Pennsylvania’s population. » Read More
Owing to the catastrophic spread of the coronavirus, a federal judge last spring ordered U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to release detainees with certain medical conditions. Eighteen detainees were released but continued to appear for their immigration court hearings from outside detention facilities. » Read More
New Jersey ICE Detention Center Sued Over Dangerous Conditions
This week, the owner of a property currently being used as an immigration detention facility in Elizabeth, New Jersey, filed a lawsuit against CoreCivic, the company that maintains the prison. The lawsuit alleges that CoreCivic violated the conditions of its tenancy by failing to follow applicable regulations instituted to stop the spread of COVID-19 among its inmates. » Read More
Approximately 150 unaccompanied children found at the southern U.S. border have arrived in northwestern Pennsylvania. They will be housed in a dormitory at Pennsylvania International Academy. Governors of Iowa and Nebraska refused to house the refugee children.
The children arrived on the night of April 13 at Erie International Airport where the U.S. » Read More
The past year was unique for everyone battling the pandemic, but it was especially challenging for refugees who had to acclimate to a new country while also navigating the pandemic. Many immigrants were left with little choice but to take up jobs with a high risk of contracting the infection or jobs where social distancing is impractical. » Read More
A bill proposed in the Pennsylvania House would require all high school students to pass a civics test to receive their diplomas. Rep. Karen Boback, a Republican from Luzerne, said the “alarming decline in civics knowledge among young Americans,” is the reason she feels the civics test is necessary. » Read More
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) disclosed in a Federal Court filing that it is ending the use of family detention and transitioning it to short-term facilities. These facilities will release families after no more than 72 hours.
ICE presented this declaration in filings made in the Flores Settlement Agreement. » Read More
Pennsylvania’s Perry County Prison, in a county that has consistently extended its support to immigration officials, has ended a five-year policy meant to protect citizens from being unconstitutionally detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). In part, the reason county officials ended the policy was that they did not relate to the “sanctuary county” designation. » Read More