No War on Immigrants in Berks County: Sign Petition, Join March—March 18, Reading

2017-03-18 12:00 - 2017-03-18 14:00
501 Washington St, Reading, PA 19601, USA 501 Washington St, Reading, PA 19601, USA

From Make the Road PA (

The Berks County Sheriff has announced his plans to apply to authorize his deputies to act as ICE agents, opening the doors to racial targeting and unlawful detentions, just like Sheriff Arpaio in Maricopa County, AZ. We must take action to prevent this, right here right now. If he is successful, we can expect Sheriffs across the state to follow suit.

Join together this Saturday at noon with supporters from around the State who will march in Reading to say no to a Sheriff led war on immigrants. We will be marching from 501 Washington St, Reading Pa 19601. (Facebook event at petition below.

Berks County, Pennsylvania, where thousands of immigrant families live and work in the city of Reading and surrounding areas, could become the first PA county to enter into a “287g Agreement” with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). These agreements, which deputize local police officers to act as immigration agents, have been largely discredited as counterproductive to local policing efforts and costly to already strapped municipalities.

Deputizing local forces to act as ICE agents increases the potential for racial profiling. In fact, Justice Department investigations into multiple counties with 287g agreements, including Alamance, NC and Maricopa, AZ, found that local sheriff’s offices unconstitutionally arrested and detained Latinos. Berks should not be next on that list.

Join together this Saturday at noon with supporters from around the State who will march in Reading to say no to a Sheriff lead war on immigrants. We will be marching from 501 Washington St, Reading Pa 19601.

A 287g Agreement in Berks would not make the County safer. Instead, it would create more fear and distrust of law enforcement and make people less likely to cooperate or report crimes because there is no division between local public safety matters and federal immigration enforcement. Victims of crimes like domestic violence or witnesses would be less likely to come forward if they themselves could face deportation. Immigrants of all statuses and their families and friends would live in constant fear, because deputies would be able to investigate and detain residents for simply “looking” undocumented.

Lastly, Berks County should not pay to do ICE’s work for them. A 287g Agreement does not reimburse municipalities one dime for the time their staff spend doing immigration work. Given the budget difficulties in Harrisburg and the competing demands for resources locally we do not have the money for an unfunded mandate from the Federal Government to do their job for them.

Sheriff Weaknecht needs to hear from us.

Sign our petition today at, and then
Join together this Saturday at noon with supporters from around the State who will march in Reading to say no to a Sheriff lead war on immigrants. We will be marching from 501 Washington St, Reading Pa 19601.

If we don’t stop this madness here, it will spread across the state. That’s why we’re asking you to do everything possible to participate in the March Saturday. Also when you click the event link, please be sure and invite as many others as you can. We can win, but we must make the Sheriff’s planned war on immigrants toxic!

Related upcoming events

  • 2017-04-30 14:00 - 2017-04-30 16:00

    4/30/17 Interfaith Immigration Forum 2-4pm at Lancaster Theological Seminary, Hafer Center

    Signup at

    The 4/30/17 event needs a registration early as space is limited to 125 people.

  • 2017-05-01 All day

    From the Interfaith Immigration Coalition (

    On May 1st, immigrants and allies all over the country will rise up in resistance to demonstrate the power, resilience and strength of immigrants in America. The #RiseUP movement is growing by the hour, 42 organizations with the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) will be leading in cities with marches, rallies, and community events to shut down the hate in our communities!

    Will you #RiseUP on May 1st? Find an event near you or register your event at


    El 1o de Mayo, inmigrantes y aliados en todo el país se van a levantar en resistencia para demostrar el poder y la fortaleza de inmigrantes en los Estados Unidos. El movimiento de #RiseUP esta creciendo más cada hora, 42 organizaciones de el Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) van a dirigir marchas y otros eventos para acabar el odio en nuestras comunidades!

    ¿Vas a unirte con el movimiento #RiseUP el 1º de mayo? Encuentra un evento en tu ciudad or registra un evento en:

    We’re looking forward to working with many of you to make this a massive day of action!

    Digital Toolkit: This toolkit has the sample Facebook text, Twitter, and graphics.

  • 2017-05-01 All day

    There is a large and expanding set of states and cities coming online as we organize to build towards a goal of marching in 100 cities on May 1st to oppose and loudly denounce Trump’s deportation machine.

    We have just launched a central organizing hub for the movement for May 1st at: We expect that the number of events will grow daily, especially as we get closer to May 1. We encourage you to use it both as a way of organizing your own events and to encourage your leaders and members to participate in actions across our country.

    We are excited to launch our digital and communication toolkits for Rise Up! May 1st which you find here:

  • 2017-05-07 09:00 - 2017-05-08 12:00

    From the Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalition (

    Sunday May 7, 9am - Monday May 8, 12pm
    Harrisburg Hilton, One North Second St., Harrisburg PA

    Already in 2017 we have seen too many attacks on immigrant and refugee communities at both the state and federal level. In the face of these attacks, immigrant and refugee communities across Pennsylvania are building strategies to resist and continue to push forward and demand what communities need regardless of what those in power say or do.

    PICC is excited to be hosting the second statewide Immigrant and Refugee Rights Convening to bring together community members, advocates, and allies to share these strategies of resistance and to remind ourselves that we are not in this fight to defend individual policies or communities, but to fight for an inclusive, diverse and welcoming society where every member of our communities are protected and treated with dignity and respect.

    The 2017 Immigrant and Refugee Rights Convening will bring members of immigrant and refugee communities, grassroots organizations, and advocates from across the state together for training, networking and, most importantly, movement building. Together, we will envision ways to build a more unified immigrant rights movement for our state and work together to create a more just and inclusive Pennsylvania. The Convening is open to anyone who cares about immigrant and refugee communities in Pennsylvania and wants to join in building a vibrant immigrant rights movement.

    Topics to be covered include:

    • Community-based models of building local organizations
    • How municipalities can lead the way in creating a more welcoming state
    • Building electoral and political power for immigrant and refugee communities
    • How schools can actively support immigrant and refugee communities

    This year’s Convening will be combined with PICC’s annual Advocacy Day. On Monday, May 8, participants will have the opportunity to meet directly with Pennsylvania legislators and ask them to take action to support immigrant and refugee communities.

    Directly after the convening, PICC members will be holding their annual meeting to decide on PICC’s issue priorities for the coming year.



    All tickets include admission for both Sunday and Monday events and meals. The 2017 Convening will be held at the Harrisburg Hilton. The hotel is offering a discounted rate for Convening participants. Please place your reservations online and use the code PICC5. If your community-based organization is interested in bringing a group (5+), please contact us about transportation options.

    We will be offering a limited number of scholarships for those with limited financial resources. Please stay tuned for details.

  • 2017-05-09 15:00 - 2017-05-09 17:30

    From the Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians (

    The next Welcoming Center Free Legal Clinic will take place on Valentine's Day Tuesday May 9, 2017 from 3:00PM to 5:30PM at 1617 John F. Kennedy Blvd, Suite 555, Philadelphia. Other clinics are scheduled to take place on the second Tuesday of every month.

    At these clinics, without cost, clients will meet individually with immigration attorneys to discuss immigration related legal issues.  If a client needs further meetings with the attorney, this can be arranged between the client and the attorney, at an appropriate fee. We also make referrals to other private attorneys and to community organizations. In order to attend, clients MUST make an appointment in advance.  We will not be able to accept walk-ins. When clients call for an appointment the only information we need is their name, telephone number, and a brief description of the problem to be discussed, so we can assign each client to the appropriate lawyer.

    Please pass this information to members of your community. The attached flyer is available in Albanian, Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Haitian Creole, Indonesian, Italian, Korean, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Urdu, and Vietnamese.