Pa. Senate bill would require law enforcement to notify federal authorities of arrests of undocumented immigrants • Pennsylvania Capital-Star

The Pennsylvania Senate is advancing a bill that, if passed by the full Legislature, could result in the deportation of more immigrants who enter the country illegally.

The bill, SB 1127, would require Pennsylvania district attorneys to notify US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, about any undocumented immigrants arrested in Pennsylvania. 

As it stands, the bill would require municipalities to notify ICE of undocumented immigrants charged with summary offenses such as loitering or disorderly conduct, and those who are charged with crimes but not convicted. The bill passed the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday on a party line vote and has received two votes in the full Senate. A third vote is scheduled for Wednesday.

“This isn’t just a Pennsylvania issue, it’s a nationwide issue,” said the bill’s co-sponsor, Sen. Wayne Langerholc (R-Clearfield). 

A spokesperson for state Senate Democrats declined to comment. 

Langerholc, along with lead sponsor Sen. Dan Laughlin (R-Erie), wrote a memo about the need for such a bill in March, citing the killing of Laken Riley, a Georgia college student whose murder became a flashpoint after her name was shouted by a Republican representative at President Joe Biden’s 2024 State of the Union address. Riley’s accused killer is an immigrant who entered the country illegally. 

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Multiple studies have found undocumented immigrants are less likely to commit crimes than people born in America.

The memo also came shortly after Lancaster’s City Council passed a  “Welcoming city” ordinance that was intended to ensure the city’s undocumented population could interact with local police without fear of being reported to immigration enforcement officials.

In response to criticisms from Republican state senators, among others, Lancaster City Councilor Janet Diaz wrote in a March column for Lancaster Online that the ordinance reflected a “commitment to protect those facing violence, sexual assault or workplace injuries” who may otherwise be afraid to involve law enforcement.

“The nuanced debate surrounding immigration policy considers various factors, including humanitarian concerns and the challenges faced by those who did not enter the country legally,” she wrote.

Originally published at,by Ian Karbal

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