State in talks to repurpose Berks Family Residential Center

State in talks to repurpose Berks Family Residential Center

State officials have quietly engaged in talks to repurpose a controversial immigrant detention center over the last four months, a spokesperson for Gov. Tom Wolf has confirmed. 

Negotiations to close the Berks Family Residential Center, one of only three federal facilities in the country that detains undocumented immigrants, began in July after a Berks County commissioner came out in opposition to the facility.
Tuesday, October 29, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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New E-Verify requirements now law after Wolf declines to take action

New E-Verify requirements now law after Wolf declines to take action

A proposal that would require construction firms use the federal E-Verify program is set to take effect after the governor allowed it to become law without his signature, a rare move he has generally reserved only for budget documents.

The law, authored by Rep. Ryan Mackenzie (R-Lehigh) and Rep. John Galloway (D-Bucks), is intended to ensure that construction workers are legally allowed to work in the U.S. E-Verify cross-checks information provided by an applicant with Social Security and federal immigration records to determine their immigration status.
Monday, October 7, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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Immigrant groups call for veto of E-Verify bill

Immigrant groups call for veto of E-Verify bill

Following the passage of a controversial bill in the Pennsylvania Senate, immigrant groups are urging Gov. Tom Wolf to veto the legislation, which would prohibit unauthorized workers from being employed in construction trades.

 

The bill, known as the Construction Industry Employee Verification Act, would require construction industry employers to verify whether a prospective employee is eligible to work in the U.S. and prohibit construction companies from employing undocumented and unauthorized workers. 

Thursday, September 26, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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Shapiro joins 19 AGs in suit against new immigration rule

Shapiro joins 19 AGs in suit against new immigration rule

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced this week that he is joining a multi-state lawsuit against the Trump Administration, challenging a new rule that makes changes to migrant detention in the United States.

 

Shapiro, along with 19 other attorneys general, are disputing a new Department of Homeland Security rule that codifies certain portions of the Flores Settlement Agreement (FSA), a 1997 agreement that set regulations for the detention, care and release of individuals in the country illegally.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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Wolf calls on ICE to halt immigration enforcement in Pa. after family separations

Wolf calls on ICE to halt immigration enforcement in Pa. after family separations

After four Pennsylvania children were reportedly separated from their families by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement this summer, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf is calling upon the federal agency to pause operations until they can ensure the safety of children in the state. 

In a strongly worded letter sent Monday to Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan, Wolf chastised the agency for separating four children from their families as a result of “overly aggressive” immigration enforcement. 
Tuesday, August 13, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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