Is Philadelphia More Immigrant-Friendly Than San Francisco?

Philadelphia's deputy mayor said yesterday that his city will likely cease cooperating with federal immigration officials by sharing records of local arrests, a policy change that would put it in the vanguard of so-called “sanctuary cities” for undocumented immigrants.

Philadelphia's stance, which is expected to be announced formally this week, would contrast with the stricter approach San Francisco has adopted under Mayor Gavin Newsom. Last year, the Board of Supervisors passed legislation that would have barred local law-enforcement officials from reporting arrested immigrants to the federal government until after they were convicted of a felony, but Newsom refused to enforce the law.

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