The following is a statement from Frank Sharry, Executive Director of America’s Voice, reacting to the loss of Lou Barletta in the Pennsylvania Senate race: Just because the Pennsylvania Senate race wasn’t close shouldn’t diminish its significance. Lou Barletta is about as Trumpy a candidate as there is. As mayor of Hazleton, he became a… Continue »

A Is For America podcast

The latest episode of our podcast, “A is for America”, features an interview with Mustafa Nour, a Somalian-American entrepreneur who lives in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and spoke with us about what it’s like to be a refugee in the Keystone State. Donald Trump said something dehumanizing about immigrants again this week, when he said that those… Continue »

Over the course of the Trump presidency, we have witnessed case after case of egregious offenses by ICE agents against immigrants. What’s more, the unshackled nature of the federal deportation force – and the chief executive’s consistently outrageous rhetoric about immigrants – have encouraged vigilantism to an unprecedented degree. Consider the latest example, a Pennsylvania… Continue »

A racist judge in Pennsylvania redefined judicial activism last week when she called ICE on a couple that she was supposed to be marrying, for no other reason than the color of the groom’s skin. Alexander Parker and Krisha Schmick were high school sweethearts who had been eagerly waiting to be married, but Judge Elizabeth… Continue »

american veterans are being deported. so are other american heroes.

A multi-part and deeply-reported joint investigation published by the Philadelphia Inquirer and ProPublica details how the Philadelphia regional office of ICE is arresting, detaining, and deporting a large number of immigrants without criminal records, driving up its deportation numbers by focusing on people who are simply driving to work, smoking a cigarette, or going about their daily… Continue »

Congressmen Dent, Costello, Fitzpatrick, Thompson, Meehan Support Legislation While Congressman Lloyd Smucker Has Yet To Act Lancaster, PA – Residents of Lancaster are calling on Congress to immediately pass legislation protecting the livelihood of young immigrants who received legal status through the popular DACA program. An estimated 18,000 Pennsylvanians would qualify for the Dream Act and the… Continue »

“DACA Recipients Need to Be Pulled From Legal Limbo” An editorial from Pennsylvania’s LancasterOnline.com cites the case of Osman Aroche Enriquez as an example of why it’s urgent for Congress to pass Dreamer legislation as soon as possible.  The LNP Editorial Board writes: DACA is a program on which most Americans agree. As conservative LNP Editorial Board member Stuart… Continue »

New Vox Exclusive Tells How DACA Renewal Applicant Was Detained After USPS Mistake Led to Loss of Status Writing in Vox, Dara Lind breaks the news that, “A former DACA recipient who was waiting to reapply for deportation protections, after his initial application was rejected due to postal service delays, is currently in the custody… Continue »

Last week, we highlighted support for Dreamers across Ohio in reaction to Trump’s devastating decision to end DACA.  This week, we bring you three op-eds from Lancaster, PA-area Dreamers, plus an editorial in support. Said Lynn Tramonte, Deputy Director of America’s Voice Education Fund: There are Dreamers in every congressional district across the country. The Dream Act is now must-pass, emergency… Continue »

In a powerful new op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, Dickinson College professor Crispin Sartwell describes how Trump’s indiscriminate deportations are sowing fear, wreaking havoc on the local agricultural economy and sense of community in York Springs, a rural Pennsylvania town. It’s a must read. “Fiestas and Apple Orchards: Small-Town Life Before Trump” is excerpted below and… Continue »