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PICC is often contacted to provide information and commentary on immigration issues. We are eager to help journalists with articles about issues impacting immigrant communities in Pennsylvania, and to provide a local perspective on national developments. Please contact Sundrop Carter, Executive Director for press statements or interviews:

Supreme Court Supports DACA: Immigrant Families Able to Keep Protections

Jun 18 2020    

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 18, 2020 CONTACT: Maria Sotomayor, 610-883-3459 Pennsylvania –  Today, the Supreme Court announced in a 5-4 ruling that President Trump did not have the authority to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program cases.  This decision impacts the lives of over 700,000 current DACA recipients and their families across the […]

Immigrant Families in PA Will Organize to Protect Their Communities

Nov 9 2016    

Today immigrant and refugee families wake up to a President-Elect who has publicly declared their contempt for immigrant and refugee communities. Last night’s election results are a sad reminder that we still have a long way to go to realize the promise of the American Dream. Our communities are now faced with the very real possibility that legislators will unite around policies that will target and criminalize people based solely on religion and country of origin.

Immigrant Families Condemn Supreme Court Decision Against DAPA

Jun 29 2016    

Pennsylvania – Today the Supreme Court issued a tie decision on United States vs. Texas, ruling against millions of immigrant families. This decision puts President Obama’s executive action, announced in November 2014, back in the hands of Judge Hanen in Texas, who has taken a strong anti-immigrant stance. We are disappointed that the Supreme Court fell victim to the political machinations of anti-immigrant forces.

PA is READY! Supports #FamiliesFightBack

Jul 13 2015    

Hundreds of Immigrant Families, Allies, and Advocates will be Rallying and Demonstrating in New Orleans during July 10th Fifth Circuit Court Oral Arguments to Demand that the Courts #RestoreRelief

PA is READY! joins immigrant families and advocates from around the country in calling on courts to lift the injunction keeping President Obama’s deportation relief programs on hold.

June 28 Day of Action: National Day to Stop Separating Families

Jun 24 2014    

York, PA–This Saturday, June 28th, will be the National Day to Stop Separating Families, a day when immigrant families and advocates team up with organizations across the movement and the country to take a stand against rampant family separation caused by deportations in immigrant communities. 

City of Philadelphia Signs Historic Executive Order Ending all ICE Holds

Apr 16 2014    

Philadelphia – On Wednesday, April 16th, Mayor Nutter will sign an Executive Order essentially ending all ICE holds in the City of Philadelphia. ICE holds are non-mandatory requests from the federal deportation office to local Philadelphia law enforcement to hold someone who should otherwise be released. The signing ceremony will take place at 11am on the second floor of City Hall.

PICC Joins 48-Hour Fast on National Mall as Culmination of Month-Long Women’s Fast for Families

Apr 7 2014    

PHILADELPHIA, PA – 100 women from across the country will sacrifice food in order to feed the courage of federal leaders to pass comprehensive immigration reform and take executive action to stop deportations. For the last year, organizations across Pennsylvania have advocated for immigration reform, which would benefit the local economy and provide security to families living in fear of deportation.

“Fast for Families,” Faith and Community Leaders to Call on Members of Congress to Back Commonsense Immigration Reform

Apr 1 2014    

On Tuesday, April 1 and Wednesday, April 2, “Fast for Families Across America” leaders DaiJoong Yoon, Executive Director of the National Korean American Service & Education Consortium (NAKASEK) and Lisa Sharon Harper from Sojourners will gather with local faith and community leaders to hold a series of events urging Rep. Charlie Dent (PA-15), Rep. Jim Gerlach (PA-6) and Rep. Patrick Meehan (PA-7) to call for a vote on immigration reform this year.

Senate Passes Immigration Bill with 68-32 Vote

Jun 28 2013    

PENNSYLVANIA—Yesterday, Senator Toomey was in the minority of Senators opposing the passage of the landmark Senate immigration reform bill (Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013). The bill cleared the Senate with a bipartisan majority of 68-32, including every Democrat and 18 Republicans.

PICC Responds to Senate Immigration Bill

Apr 17 2013    

Philadelphia, PA—Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalition applauds the introduction today of a bipartisan immigration reform bill in the Senate. The introduction of this bill marks a historic step towards comprehensive immigration reform that will repair our country’s broken immigration system. It shows that bipartisan compromise is possible and that we can break through the gridlock in Congress.

Pennsylvania United for Immigration Reform Press Event a Success

Feb 13 2013    

Last week, Pennsylvania United for Immigration Reform announced a coalition effort to advocate for comprehensive immigration reform in Pennsylvania.  The coalition includes more than 35 community groups, immigrant advocates, faith-based organizations, unions and service providers, as well as local immigrant individuals and families.  The coalition was joined by City Council members Kenney and Quinones-Sanchez, who have since introduced a City Council resolution in favor of comprehensive immigration reform.

Pennsylvania Immigration & Citizenship Coalition Joins National Partners in Call for Swift Action on Immigration Reform

Nov 13 2012    

The election results have demonstrated the growing influence of Latino, Asian and immigrant voters across the United States and pushed immigration reform to the top of the national political agenda.  PICC joins its national partners in the Fair Immigration Reform Movement to call on President Obama and Congress to take swift action on comprehensive and humane reform of our immigration system.

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