FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 17, 2014
Contact: B Loewe 773-791-4668
Philly’s Historic Executive Order Draws
Praise from National Advocates
In response to Philadelphia Mayor Nutter’s announcement of an Executive Order to effectively end the city’s submission to ICE hold requests, leading national civil rights and labor organizations gave the following statements.
Pablo Alvarado, Executive Director, National Day Laborer Organizing Network:
“Philadelphia’s new policy makes the city safer, it protects civil rights, it constitutes an exemplary policy of inclusion, and it sends a clear message that the city values the contributions of its immigrant population. Whereas shameful federal deportation dragnet programs like SCOMM have created a culture of suspicion that has divided communities and led to Arizonification, Philadelphia’s new policy represents the turning tide. We expect more cities will follow Philly’s lead in weeks and months ahead, and we congratulate and thank everyone involved in this historic policy.”