News

Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship and our member organizations are often in the news. We are eager to help journalists with articles about immigrations issues. Here you'll find PICC press releases and advisories, along with some of our media coverage, coverage of member organizations and articles related to issues important to immigrant communities.

Recently Posted News and Press Releases

  • Over 150 immigrant families and allies from Philadelphia, West Chester, Norristown, Gettysburg, Hanover, Reading, York and Lancaster gathered in front of the York county Prison on Saturday to call for an end to unjust deportations. Several families from West Chester and Norristown shared their stories, and afterward we marched around the facility singing and chanting.

  • 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. 

  • Philadelphia – In March 2014, President Obama made a long overdue promise to review current immigration enforcement policies, recognizing “the pain too many families feel from the separation that comes from our broken immigration system”. However, last week the President announced that his administration would delay making any changes.

  • Harrisburg, PA - Dreamers from Chester County, Gettysburg, Norristown, Philadelphia and Reading will hold a press conference in collaboration with Juntos and the Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalition (PICC) to call on members of the Senate Education Committee to bring the PA Dream Act (SB. 713) to an immediate vote.

  • Philadelphia, PA – On Tuesday, April 29th, more than one hundred refugee and immigrant leaders, families and allies from across Pennsylvania will meet with Pennsylvania legislators to call for pro-immigrant policies that reflect the contributions of and issues prioritized by Pennsylvania’s growing immigrant and refugee population. 

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Coordinated by HIAS Pennsylvania and the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA),  nonprofit organizations will be partnering with Immigration Attorneys and law students across Pennsylvania to offer free citizenship education and application assistance to eligible legal permanent residents. Sites will include Center City Philadelphia, North Philadelphia, Lansdale (Montgomery County),  Upper Darby (Delaware County), Avondale (Chester County) and York.

  • On December 14, PICC in collaboration with Juntos, Church World Service and Villanova University hosted the first Pennsylvania Immigrant Youth Conference at Villanova University. The conference convened Pennsylvania undocumented youth from Delaware, Chester, Lancaster, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties.