Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalition

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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:

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.