Philly Mayor will not renew contract to share data with ICE

On Friday Mayor Kenney decided not to renew the city’s contract of data-sharing with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

“I cannot in good conscience allow the agreement to continue,” – Mayor Kenney

PARS is a real-time computer arrest database. While it does not collect immigrant status, it does house country of origin and social security numbers.

Kenney based his decision on growing concern that ICE was inappropriately using the data to conduct investigations into undocumented immigrants who had not broken any other laws.

ICE has admitted that use of PARS could result in immigration enforcement against residents who have not committed a crime. In response to the end of data-sharing in Philly ICE and the Department of Homeland Security have called the decision “irresponsible”, but said they will “continue to remove illegal immigrants and uphold public safety.”

While I agree with not targeting illegal immigrants who have not committed crimes (other than entering the country illegally), I do believe the non-sharing of data is also an issue.

The problem is until there’s immigration reform, there’s no reason to trust this administration and its immigration policies.

 

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!

Source: The Inquirer

Yes, In 2011 President Obama Suspended the Iraqi Refugee Program…

Yes, In 2011 President Obama suspended the Iraqi Refugee Program for 6-months.

In response to the backlash President Trump has received since he signed the immigration executive order,  many conservatives and Trump supporters have mentioned Obama suspending the receiving of Iraqi refugees in the U.S. The problem with that comparison is that Obama’s suspension of the refugee program was in response to 2 al Qaeda-Iraq terrorists living as refugees in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

And at that time Obama didn’t restrict visa access, they slowed down the process of allowing visas and added additional security checks because of actionable intelligence. In Trump’s case he seems to be acting within a bubble that did not include anyone outside of the oval office.

The Department of Homeland Security only saw details of the executive order on Friday, the day it was signed, and basically left border patrol agents on their own to figure out how to enforce the order.

Get it together Trump!!

 

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!