Mayor Kenney: End the PARS/ICE Contract
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Today we ask you to stand with immigrant communities in Philadelphia by helping to remove a crucial weapon in ICE's deportation machine. Since 2010 the City of Philadelphia has shared PARS (the Preliminary Arraignment Reporting System), a real-time legal information sharing database, with ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement.) This has led to a ballooning of deportations inside of our city and has facilitated the local Philadelphia ICE office to become the most aggressive in the country.
On August 31, 2018 we have the opportunity to end ICE's access to PARS by not renewing their contract.
PARS is a local database used by our legal system. It collects personal information, including social security number, date of birth, country of origin and address. Although it does not collect immigration status, ICE uses the information in the PARS database to racially profile our community through proxy searches. Because of this access ICE conducts dangerous raids across our city, in our homes, at our jobs, and across our legal system. This puts anyone who has been touched by the database and their families and loved ones in jeopardy of a deportation and family separation. If we truly would like to be a sanctuary city we must close all the loopholes ICE uses to target our community and expand our definition of sanctuary.
The city of Philadelphia's contract with ICE is up for renewal on August 31st. In order to continue the contract needs to be signed by the office of the District Attorney, the Mayor and the First Judicial District (the courts) D.A Krasner has already publicly made his commitment to discontinue this contract. Therefore, we urgently ask Mayor Jim Kenney to not renew the PARS/ICE contract as well.
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