Philadelphia to stop giving ICE real-time arrest data

July 27, 2018 - 12:44 pm

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia will stop sharing real-time arrest data with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Democratic Mayor Jim Kenney announced Friday the city will not renew a contract with ICE that expires the end of August.

Kenney says immigration officers have been using information from the database to go after law-abiding Philadelphia residents.

He says such actions have created fear and distrust in the city's immigrant community and made it more difficult for police to solve crimes.

As a "sanctuary city," Philadelphia had already curbed cooperation with immigration enforcement. It won't release inmates to ICE without a judicial warrant.

The Trump administration wants to cut funding to the city as a result but has so far been blocked by a judge.

Kenney says "how anyone can define this as making America great again is beyond me."

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