Lancaster City Council voted to no longer cooperate with ICE

February 28 – The Lancaster City Council unanimously voted to terminate cooperation with US Immigration and Customs Enforcement at a recent council meeting. 

The policy has been in place since 2019, but the council codified it into law recently. 

Pat Ryan of NewsTalk 103.7FM pointed out, “Talk about tone deaf after hearing what happened in Georgia to this beautiful nursing student.” 

Michele Jansen of NewsTalk 103.7FM added, “You would think they’d be removing it, but you know what? A very radical group, CASA, has been very instrumental in getting the ordinance. Why are we letting groups of activists dictate what these ordinances are? We did the same thing with LGBTQ in Chambersburg. No. The people should be the ones actually debating this and having dialogue. We see the results of letting people out, the murdered student. He wasn’t a violent criminal before that, but because ICE wasn’t able to detain him for his shoplifting and his other (crimes). Although they say I don’t know what he did to a child, I forgot about that. But still, you cannot judge what the later crimes are going to be and the first crime of crossing illegally, which they have recorded for him, that didn’t get him. ICE couldn’t get him and now this Lancaster little city is saying ICE cannot detain and deport and that’s here in Pennsylvania, so that doesn’t stay within their confines. That means all these people are going to be people we’re all exposed to.” 

Ryan noted, “Listen, this is the government you want. This is the government you vote for and this is what you get.” 

Attorney Clint Barkdoll said, “Even ICE issued a statement saying that sanctuary jurisdictions are inherently less safe. Clearly that’s the situation. This is a little surprising from Lancaster. It was a unanimous vote of the city council. The policy has been in place for about five years. They have simply now formalized it, but many times, again as ICE is pointing out, once these policies are formally codified, it’s even a bigger welcome sign to people that want to land there, knowing that local law enforcement will not cooperate in turning them over to federal authorities if something happens. It’s a really weird situation.”

Jansen said, “That college (in Georgia), it’s in a welcoming community. That’s probably why this man after he left New York and with the indications, he totally feels entitled not to be prosecuted, he goes to another welcoming community, Lancaster City. So look what you’re doing. It’s just unbelievable to me.” 

Ryan insisted, “This is what you vote for and you get involved or get used to it.”