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Pennsylvania State Police officers will soon be required to file a report every time they call Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents to the scene of a traffic stop.
The agency announced the change on Wednesday, according to Pro Publica and the Philadelphia Inquirer, in response to the news organizations’ investigation of police officers assisting ICE round-ups of immigrants for deportation.
The tactics of the police prompted Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf (D) to issue a statement, saying there is “a need for stronger uniform procedures addressing state police requests for assistance from outside agencies, including ICE, especially given the new pressure on state and local agencies from the federal government.”
The article goes on to state the following:
The state police did not have detailed policies surrounding immigration checks, however. But it told the news outlets that it will roll out an updated policy this summer with more specific guidelines regarding their communication with outside agencies. Questions remain about what these updates will do in regards to the police working with ICE.
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