Pennsylvania has joined the growing list of states in the U.S. considering the ban of “sanctuary cities,” where local authorities have been refusing to follow immigration requests by the federal government to arrest and turn over known undocumented immigrants, as well as people suspected of being undocumented immigrants. The Pennsylvania Legislature reviewed the bill this week, a month after its introduction by Republican State Senator Richard Alloway.
Detainers Leading to Deportation
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) routinely issue detainers to notify law enforcement agencies of their intent to apprehend undocumented immigrants, with law enforcement officials requested to cooperate with such measures. A detainer, also known as an immigration hold, is a mechanism that lets the ICE and DHS obtain custody of individuals detained by state and local law enforcement agencies. These people are then placed in the federal deportation system.