Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter is expected to sign an executive order significantly limiting collaboration between the police department and federal immigration authorities, reports the Philadelphia Daily News. The order would preclude police from honoring detainer requests by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement except in cases where a person is convicted of a first- or second-degree felony involving violence, and only when ICE secures a warrant to support the detainer.
ICE detainers or “holds” are requests by federal immigration authorities for police to hold a person who was detained for an alleged crime for up to an additional 48 hours. That would allow ICE to take the person – if suspected of being an undocumented immigrant or a noncitizen – into custody for possible deportation. Immigrant-rights advocates, who have worked for years to end ICE holds, hailed the expected order.