March 16, 2017
A Pennsylvania state lawmaker plans to introduce a "sanctuary commonwealth” bill that would prohibit law enforcement agencies across the state from participating in federal immigration enforcement-related policing.
The bill, being introduced by state Rep. Chris Rabb, D-Phila., would block the use of “agency or local department funds, facilities, property, equipment or personnel to investigate, interrogate, detain, detect or arrest people for immigration enforcement purposes,” Rabb said in a statement.
Philadelphia already has such protections in place as a sanctuary city, which city officials have repeatedly vowed to fight to uphold.
The aim of the statewide sanctuary status is to blanket the entire state with such protections and, in doing so, "keep families together and maintain trust between Pennsylvania police and the communities they serve,” while lifting the financial burdens of such policing off local and state law enforcement.