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 (http://www.maketheroadpa.org/):

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 https://www.facebook.com/events/454840021514255/Sign 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 https://actionsprout.io/135789, 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!

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