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File #: 130084    Version: 0 Name: .
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 2/7/2013 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 2/14/2013
Title: Urging the 113th Congress to enact comprehensive immigration reform as outlined in this resolution that keeps families together, upholds our values as a nation, promotes economic growth, and creates a fair immigration system guided by respect for the human rights of all persons.
Sponsors: Councilmember Kenney, Councilmember Quiñones Sánchez, Councilmember Goode, Councilmember Greenlee, Councilmember Tasco, Councilmember Blackwell, Council President Clarke, Councilmember Johnson, Councilmember O'Brien, Councilmember Oh, Councilmember Squilla, Councilmember Henon, Councilmember Bass
Attachments: 1. Signature13008400.pdf
Title
Urging the 113th Congress to enact comprehensive immigration reform as outlined in this resolution that keeps families together, upholds our values as a nation, promotes economic growth, and creates a fair immigration system guided by respect for the human rights of all persons.
Body
WHEREAS, The City of Philadelphia has long recognized the need for comprehensive federal immigration reform, having passed Resolution #100027 in 2010 and Resolution #060230 in 2006 in support of such reform; and

WHEREAS, The City of Philadelphia is a diverse city with immigrants from many parts of the world, who work, own homes, open businesses and contribute to the economic, social, and cultural well-being of the City; and

WHEREAS, Growth in Philadelphia's population and small businesses over recent decades has been significantly driven by immigrants, who bring new life and investment to our City's neighborhoods and commercial corridors; and

WHEREAS, Above all, we believe in the human dignity of all Philadelphia residents, regardless of immigration status; and

WHEREAS, The deficiencies of our country's immigration system have held back our economy, and fostered a sense of divisiveness and fear throughout immigrant communities in the City of Philadelphia and throughout America; and

WHEREAS, Countless people are lost in a federal immigration and detention system that has become fundamentally broken and plagued by abuse; and

WHEREAS, Record increases of deportations in recent years have tragically broken apart loving families, with over 800,000 people deported in just two years, many of them parents of United States citizen children, also causing thousands of those children to be pushed into the foster care system at risk of permanent legal separation from their parents; and

WHEREAS, In the absence of federal legislative action on immigration, state legislative proposals that are anti-immigrant and even unconstitutional have created a persistent distracti...

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