Philly to continue sharing arrest records with immigration officials

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hiladelphia will renew a contract with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE , that gives immigration authorities access to city arrest records after revising the agreement to exclude data on victims and witnesses.

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter announced Friday that the city had agreed to renew for one year its participation in ICE’s Preliminary Arraignment Reporting System, or PARS, after his concerns were addressed that the data on victims and witnesses were discouraging illegal immigrants from reporting crimes out of fear of being deported.

“The city of Philadelphia will no longer provide victim and witness information to Immigration and Customs Enforcement,” Nutter said in a written statement. “Victims should come forward. Witnesses should speak out. Their information will go no further. No action with regards to their status will be taken.”

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