Secure Communities: Immigration, Deportation, and Sanctuary Cities

Sponsor: Urban Studies Program
| McNeil Building, 3718 Locust Walk, Room 286-7

The Obama administration has deported more immigrants than any president ever, partly through Secure Communities and related links between federal and local law enforcement. Yet Philadelphia and many other cities have policies meant to protect unauthorized immigrants. This panel discussion will explore how cities have negotiated, collaborated, and pushed back against federal deportation programs, promoting different visions of security. Speakers will discuss the challenges and implications for cities and for immigrant and receiving communities.

Moderated by John MacDonald, Penn Department of Criminology with Justin Steil, Columbia University; Captain Francis Healy, Special Advisor to Philadelphia's Police Commissioner; and Blanca Pacheco, Board Member of New Sanctuary Movement Philadelphia.

Event made possible by the Provost’s Interdisciplinary Seminar Fund.

Part of our 2012 Public Conversation Series: Criminalizing the City