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‘Sanctuary City’ Philadelphia Denies ICE Access to Arrest Database Used to Find Criminal Illegals

Craig Bannister
By Craig Bannister | July 31, 2018 | 5:21 PM EDT

ICE arrests illegal alien. (Screenshot)

As of September 1, Philadelphia will terminate a 10 year-old contract giving U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) access to its arrest database, as the “sanctuary city” steps up its efforts to thwart federal efforts to deport criminal illegal aliens.

Philadelphia, which will not release illegal alien inmates to ICE without a judicial warrant, will stop providing access to its arrest database because

“We’re not going to provide them with information so they can go out and round people up,” Democratic Mayor Jim Kenney said Friday, according an APNews.com report:

“Philadelphia will stop giving U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement access to a real-time arrest database, saying the agency is misusing the information to conduct sweeps in which otherwise law-abiding immigrants are also being caught up. Federal officials said the decision puts U.S. citizens in danger.

“’We’re not going to provide them with information so they can go out and round people up,’ Democratic Mayor Jim Kenney said Friday as he announced his decision to let a decade-old contract with ICE expire at the end of next month.”


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