In April 2014, New Sanctuary Movement and the Philadelphia Family Unity Network (PFUN) coalition won a landmark campaign to separate the Philadelphia Police Department from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), making our communities safer from deportation and keeping immigrant families together. After years of community organizing, the Executive Order ending all cooperation between the police and ICE was signed by then-Mayor Michael Nutter on April 16, 2014. The PFUN coalition includes 1 Love Movement, Juntos, New Sanctuary Movement, Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalition, and Victim/Witness Services of South Philadelphia.

To learn more about what it took to win the original Executive Order against all police/ICE collaboration, click here.

In November 2015, then-mayor Nutter stated he would rescind key pieces of his own anti-deportation Executive Order just weeks before he left the mayor’s office. After a vigorous campaign to defend the Executive Order, Nutter rescinded it just eight days before leaving office, on December 22, 2015. However, thanks to the tireless opposition from New Sanctuary Movement and PFUN, the newly elected Mayor Jim Kenney re-instated the 2014 policy on his very first day in office on January 4, 2016.

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