New Sanctuary

Prayerful Procession for Immigration Reform

As the movement for immigration reform grows across the country, we worked with the Pennsylvania United for Immigration Reform coalition to put on a “prayerful procession” in support. Groups marched from North, South, West, and the Center of Philadelphia and met in Love Park for a rally and speeches from immigrants and supportive politicians. We …

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Re-launch of campaign against local deportations

After months of building and political education, we re-launch our organizing efforts to end Philadelphia’s collaboration with ICE on local deportations. At a public forum with immigrants, allies, and press, our immigrant leaders announced campaign strategy to stop ICE’s access to the Philadelphia policing database and the police handing over immigrants to ICE voluntarily.

2008 – 2011: Campaign Beginnings

From 2008 to 2011, New Sanctuary Movement organized in coalition with other organizations across Philadelphia to end police-ICE collaboration in Philadelphia and to end ICE’s access to the Philadelphia policing database, called the Preliminary Arraignment System (PARS). PARS is the police database that holds all the information about people who have interacted with law enforcement …

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