HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Dozens of people gathered outside Saint Francis of Assisi Catholic Church on Market Street in Harrisburg Tuesday evening to protest a proposed bill that they say discriminates.
House Bill 1885 would give police officers in Pennsylvania the authority to determine and report the immigration status of every arrest, when there is a reasonable cause to believe that a person is undocumented.
Desi Burnette with Movement of Immigrant Leaders in Pennsylvania says this kind of legislation does not work.
“In places like Arizona, where similar provisions were tried, you saw police officers coming out and suing the state because they could not effectively perform their job. Because they were being forced to racially profile,” Bunette said.
Republican state Rep. Martina White (R-Philadelphia) is the main sponsor of HB1885. On her website she says: “So-called sanctuary cities place themselves above the law. Essentially they allow illegal immigrants who could have a criminal background and pose a threat to be safe from federal expulsion. This is a dangerous policy we must not tolerate.”
Burnette says she is asking that lawmakers not to support this kind of legislation.
The House may vote on the bill in the next two weeks.