House Bill 28 will force municipalities to participate in President Trump’s ramped up deportation effort. The legislation prohibits cities, towns, and counties from making locally-informed decisions about working with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). If this bill becomes law, any public employee can contact ICE at any time, and local authorities would be forced to detain people at ICE’s request, even without judicial review.
Many counties in Pennsylvania will only hold people in jail at the request of federal immigration authorities if that request is accompanied by a court order. These counties are honoring their obligations under the Constitution. And some cities have also implemented policies to build an environment of trust between city agencies and immigrants.
Unfortunately, the response from some state representatives is to pull all state funding from those counties and cities.
Tell your state representative to vote NO on House Bill 28.