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NEWS
September 6, 2011
WHEN FACED with violence, victims and witnesses must move quickly to protect themselves, their families and communities. But Philadelphia's participation in a controversial data-sharing program is jeopardizing the ability of some to do that. Philadelphia provides immigration-enforcement agents with real-time access to police arrest records via the Preliminary Arraignment Reporting System. Instant access has instant consequences: People arrested, even by mistake, are immediately subject to detention and potential deportation.
NEWS
September 2, 2011 | By Maryclaire Dale, Associated Press
The Justice Department cannot hold immigrants fighting deportation for years without bail hearings, a U.S. appeals court in Philadelphia ruled Thursday, echoing rulings in two other federal circuit courts. It was unreasonable to detain a Pennsylvania man for nearly three years as he fought deportation to his native Senegal over a 1995 drug case, a panel of judges from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit ruled. "We do not believe that Congress intended to authorize prolonged, unreasonable, detention without a bond hearing," Judge Julio M. Fuentes of Newark, N.J., wrote for the unanimous three-judge panel.
NEWS
August 26, 2011
An armed man strolls through a basketball game, opens fire on the bleachers, injuring six people, one critically. The shooter is still at large. Of the 500 people present at the game, not one has stepped forward with information that might help the police find the shooter. This week's incident, at the Kingsessing Recreation Center, is a discouraging chapter in the city. We are as upset as anyone - including Mayor Nutter, who offered a $20,000 reward for information (215-686-TIPS) - over the irony of violence occurring in a so-called "safe haven" rec center.
NEWS
August 25, 2011 | By Michael Matza, Inquirer Staff Writer
Outside the Immigration Court building at Ninth and Market Streets on Wednesday, about 100 demonstrators knelt on the sidewalk in memory of recent deportees, whose names they wore on string-and-paper necklaces. It was just one stop in a mile-long walk to increase public pressure on Mayor Nutter to end a program in which the Philadelphia police share the names of the people they arrest - and their country of origin - with federal immigration authorities. Advocates for immigrants say the voluntary agreement, signed in 2008, can result in deportations even when the original criminal charges are dismissed.
NEWS
August 12, 2011 | By Anthony Campisi, Inquirer Staff Writer
A federal judge Thursday morning rejected an attempt by a former Delaware County restaurateur known for his family's frequent brushes with the law to withdraw his guilty plea on weapons, tax, and immigration charges. Sean O'Neill, who with his wife owned Maggie O'Neill's Irish Pub & Restaurant in Drexel Hill until selling it in 2006, argued that a guilty plea he made in 2009 was coerced by his then-attorneys, who he said warned him that his wife would be arrested on tax-fraud charges if he did not admit to the crimes.
NEWS
June 18, 2011
A 28-year-old Delaware County woman who faced deportation to her native Guatemala has been given a one-year reprieve by federal authorities. Zulma Villatoro was required to voluntarily return to Guatemala by July 2 or be arrested and expelled. She came to the United States with her mother illegally when she was 14. In 2006, she requested asylum, arguing that Guatemala's gang violence put her in jeopardy as a woman. An immigration judge rejected her argument. Harold A. Ort, a spokesman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said in an e-mail Friday: "ICE granted Zulma Villatoro a one-year stay of removal on June 15, 2011.
NEWS
June 17, 2011
City Council members Maria Quiñones Sánchez and Jim Kenney introduced a resolution Thursday urging the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to halt the deportation of Zulma Villatoro, 28, a Guatemalan immigrant living in Chester who was brought illegally to the United States by her parents when she was 14 and faces expulsion July 2. The mother of a 4-year-old daughter who is a U.S. citizen, Villatoro is four months pregnant. She graduated from Chester Upland High School in 2003 and is employed by a McDonald's.
NEWS
January 18, 2011 | By JULIE SHAW, shawj@phillynews.com 215-854-2592
CARRYING signs that blared "Stop Unjust Deportation," more than 200 immigrant-rights advocates took to the streets yesterday to rally against what they see as civil-rights injustices. On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, they marched to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement office, at 16th and Callowhill streets, raising their voices for Chally Dang, for Mout Iv, for Davy Phean, for Vanney Van. The four Cambodian immigrants sit in York County Prison, detained by ICE. They had been welcomed into this country as refugees and became legal permanent residents.
NEWS
January 18, 2011 | By Michael Matza, Inquirer Staff Writer
Linking their demonstration to the human-rights theme of Martin Luther King's Birthday, about 200 members of pro-immigrant groups marched Monday from Center City to the regional offices of Immigration and Customs Enforcement to protest the pending deportation of four Cambodian men. Outside the office at 1600 Callowhill St., they festooned a fence with placards - "Stop Tearing Families Apart" - and hundreds of yellow ribbons. "Education, not deportation," they chanted. Rallying the crowd through a bullhorn, Desi Burnette of Media Mobilizing Project, a co-organizer of the march, said the men facing deportation were "heroes" to her because they made serious mistakes and learned from them.
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