Mayor to sign order reforming ICE hold policy Wednesday

Credit: Rikard Larma/Metro.
Credit: Rikard Larma/Metro.

Mayor Michael Nutter will sign a long awaited executive order to modify the city’s policy for complying with ICE hold detainers Wednesday morning, a move that local immigrants advocacy groups lobbied for passionately at a City Council hearing in March.

The mayor’s spokesman, Mark McDonald, declined to comment on the executive order ahead of the signing. But immigrants advocacy groups are already claiming victory.

“We are incredibly proud to say that we will now have one of the most progressive policies in the country which, in practice, will end the use of ICE holds in our city,” said Erika Almiron, executive director of Juntos.

The Inquirer previously reported that Nutter intends to change the ICE holds policy to only apply to individuals charged with violent felonies.

“Enacting this policy sends a clear message that Philadelphia will not participate in a process of backchanneling our family, friends and neighbors, into a mass deportation effort without due process and accountability,” said Mia-lia Kernan, a 1Love Movement organizer.

Currently, if Philadelphia police make an arrest, individuals with questionable citizenship status will be referred to Immigrations and Customs Enforcement.

If ICE issues a hold detainer request, police hold the individual until ICE can review the case, sometimes leading to deportation.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

Judge sets January start for murder trial of…

By Elizabeth BarberBOSTON (Reuters) - Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez will be tried in January for the murder of semi-professional football player Odin…

National

Donut capers stymie police in Oregon

For more than a month, mysterious vandals have been smearing pastries on cars, depositing donuts in lawns and leaving cakes strewn about the streets.

International

U.S., European airlines halt flights to Israel due…

U.S. and European airlines halted flights to Tel Aviv in an effort to ensure passenger safety as turmoil in Israel and the region has intensified.

Local

Eric Garner death prompts NYPD retraining, pols demanding…

The New York City Police Department will revise training procedures for its officers following the death of Staten Island man Eric Garner after an arrest gone awry.

Arts

Don't miss 'Charles James: Beyond Fashion' at the…

Have you been meaning to see "Charles James: Beyond Fashion"? There are only two weeks left to get to the Met and catch this amazing American fashion designer's collection.

Television

Zac Posen talks 'Project Runway' and what it…

We talked to Zac Posen, judge and designer extraordinaire, about the new season of "Project Runway" and what keeps him coming back after three seasons.

Television

'Face Off' contestant David 'DOC' O'Connell sounds off…

David "DOC" O'Connell tells us about getting cast on Season 7 of Syfy's "Face Off," premiering tonight at 9.

Arts

PHOTO: Wildlife photographer Marc Mol captures amazing aerial…

This aerial image was taken by photographer Marc Mol who spotted the animals during an air safari in Zambia.

MLB

MLB Power Rankings: A's, Angels, Dodgers, Brewers lead…

MLB Power Rankings: A's, Angels, Dodgers, Brewers lead pack

NFL

2014 NFL season betting odds: Which team will…

2014 NFL season betting odds: Which team will win Super Bowl?

NFL

5 players to watch at Giants training camp

Metro takes a look at five players who will be on everyone’s mind when Giants training camp gets underway.

NFL

'Vicktory dogs' travel road to rehabilitation seven years…

Of the dozens of dogs groomed by Bad Newz Kennels, 48 were rescued and 22 of the pit bull terriers have emerged at Best Friends Animal Society.

Tech

Learn Braille with these gloves

U.S. scientists have designed high-tech gloves to help users understand Braille in a matter of minutes.

Home

5 New Ikea products that will change your…

We round-up the latest must-have products.

Food

Recipe: Wolfgang Puck's Buttermilk French Toast

We recently spent some time chatting with restauranteur/celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck at his Wolfgang Puck American Grille in the Borgata in Atlantic City. Puck wanted…

Style

Go retro with your sneakers

The best of wacky new sneakers.