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Chancellor Deborah R. Gross Reaffirms Support of Sanctuary Cities, Immigrant Civil Rights

In light of the Executive Order that President Trump signed on immigration, Deborah R. Gross, Chancellor of the 12,000-member Philadelphia Bar Association, today issued the following statement:

“The Philadelphia Bar Association reaffirms its support of Sanctuary Cities and the protection of civil rights for documented and undocumented immigrants. The protection of civil rights is one of the core values of the Philadelphia Bar Association, and we have a particular interest in making sure that the laws of our nation are fairly, faithfully and equally enforced, regardless of a person’s national origin, ethnicity or religion.

“I applaud the 17 attorneys general, including Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, as well as the American Civil Liberties Union, for their swift and vigilant action to protect the rights of those impacted by the Executive Order.

“An overwhelming number of Philadelphia Bar Association members have shared that they are willing and able to contribute their time and talent to ensure the protection of these rights. We are working to organize these efforts in a constructive, productive and efficient manner. We will be hosting a ‘Know Your Rights’ Continuing Legal Education course on Feb. 21. More information will be available shortly.”

“A resolution that our Board of Governors unanimously adopted in September 2016, called on members of the Pennsylvania General Assembly to oppose any and all bills that would punish counties or municipalities for making the decision to disentangle local policing from enforcement of civil immigration law. For more than two decades, the Philadelphia Bar Association has been on record calling for the removal of inappropriate and unnecessary obstacles to the legal representation of refugees.

“The United States is a country built on dreams and individuals of diverse backgrounds should be welcomed, as diversity is the fabric of our nation.”

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