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PNS Daily Newscast - October 20, 2017 


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Public News Service - PA: Immigrant Issues

PHILADELPHIA – Responding to ICE raids that targeted sanctuary cities, immigrants' rights advocates gathered outside the agency's Philadelphia office yesterday for a prayer vigil. Last week, agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement carried out "Operation Safe City," rounding up almost

Under Pennsylvania law, every child is entitled to a free public school education. (Michelle Collins/Wikimedia Commons)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – The Harrisburg School District has issued new guidelines on a policy that prevented several refugee children from enrolling, but advocates for those children fear the changes may not go far enough. The old policy didn't allow children younger than eight to enroll more than

Undocumented immigrants in Pennsylvania pay about $135 million in state and local taxes. (stevepb/Pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Undocumented immigrants pay millions in state and local taxes in Pennsylvania every year, according to a new report. The study by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy gives estimates of the total of sales, real estate, and state and local income taxes paid by undocumented

Students from nine state colleges and universities are participating in the day of action. (WestCoastivieS/Wikimedia Commons)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Students are engaging in direct action in nine cities across Pennsylvania Thursday, urging state legislators to oppose a bill that would penalize colleges and universities that have declared themselves to be sanctuary schools. House Bill 14 would cut state funding from stat

Organizers say sanctuary cities such as Philadelphia need to do more to protect immigrants. (Rdsmith4/Wikimedia Commons)

PHILADELPHIA - Organizers used Thursday's "Day Without Immigrants" to highlight that, even in sanctuary cities, stronger policies are needed to protect immigrant communities. In cities around the country, many immigrants and their supporters stayed away from work and school to protest the Trump adm

The ACLU says it has seen cases in which U.S. citizens have been held in Pennsylvania jails on erroneous ICE detainers. (Neil Conway/Flickr)

HARRISBURG, Pa. - A bill that has passed in the state Senate would penalize sanctuary cities and counties in Pennsylvania. Senate Bill 10 would withhold state money from municipalities that don't cooperate with federal immigration authorities. According to Sara Rose, an attorney with the ACLU of Pe

More than 1,000 people have volunteered for the

PHILADELPHIA – The number of houses of worship offering sanctuary to undocumented immigrants has doubled in the weeks since the election. During the presidential campaign, Donald Trump made his promise to deport undocumented immigrants a constant theme. But since his victory at the polls, th

Immigration advocates say they are planning to disrupt ICE raids. (sanctuaryphiladelphia.org)

PHILADELPHIA – President-elect Donald Trump's election victory is raising fears in Pennsylvania's immigrant community. Trump has said after he takes office he will move quickly to cancel President Barack Obama's Deferred Action program for immigrants who arrived as children, and ramp up depo

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