Pro- and anti-immigration advocates shared sidewalk space outside the Mexican consulate for Philadelphia, near Independence Hall.
Mayor Michael Nutter signed an executive order today that changes Philadelphia’s policy on immigration and customs enforcement detainers, known as ICE holds. Immigration advocates are calling the new policy is one of the most progressive in the country.
At a time with immigration reform has many undocumented immigrants feeling empowered, a local advocacy group is calling for a moratorium on deportations following alleged FBI raids of immigrant households in South Philadelphia.
The immigration reform bill sailed through the United States Senate yesterday, offering hope of citizenship to millions of undocumented immigrants across the country.
President Obama and the US Senate has agreed that immigration reform will be a top priority this year, but local advocates for undocumented immigrants are wary.
The rally was organized by the Philadelphia Coalition Advocating for Public Schools and Juntos, a non-profit that works for equal rights for the Latino immigrant community.
President Obama won last week’s election with an electoral landslide, largely because of the Latino vote. Philadelphia has a large Latino population and they’re hoping immigration reform will be a top priority.