New Sanctuary Movement is rallying against Philly's 'Live Stop' policy, in support of DACA - Generocity Philly


Sep. 5, 2017 10:18 am

New Sanctuary Movement is rallying against Philly’s ‘Live Stop’ policy, in support of DACA

The immigrants' right organization is fighting the city policy that allows the PPA to impound the car of anyone found to be driving without a valid driver's license, which is particularly aggressive to undocumented immigrants.

A New York City march in support of DACA on Wednesday, August 30.

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Aug. 15 marked the fifth anniversary of a federal program described as protection for “dreamers.”

Those are undocumented immigrants who arrived in the United States as children and were granted permission to work and study without fear of deportation through a program under Pres. Barack Obama.

But as of late, that program — the Deferred Action Consideration for Children’s Arrivals (DACA) — is facing termination under Pres. Donald Trump. More than 800,000 immigrants are currently covered by DACA.

On Thursday, Sept. 7, grassroots activist nonprofit New Sanctuary Movement of Philadelphia (NSM) is hosting a rally at City Hall to show support for DACA, albeit in a specific way: The group will deliver a petition to Mayor Jim Kenney that asks for a change to “Live Stop,” a policy that allows the Philadelphia Parking Authority to tow and impound the car of a driver who is found to be driving without a valid driver’s license or registration.

As noted in a report last year by the Sheller Center for Social Justice at Temple University’s Beasley School of Law, in collaboration with NSM, the policy is particularly aggressive to undocumented immigrants, who are unable to apply for driver’s licenses. That’s why the petition is calling for Live Stop to allow drivers a 30 minute window to have a licensed driver take their car home, instead of getting it automatically towed.

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Also, on Sept. 5, Juntos, the immigrants’ rights organization that recently moved to a bigger office space in South Philly, will be rallying in front of the Department of Justice offices with DACA recipients and allies to “stand up against white supremacy, against the criminalization of our communities,” according to an email release from Olivia Vasquez, community organizer at Juntos. Check it out here.

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Albert Hong

Albert Hong is Generocity's contributing reporter. He started hanging around the Technically Media office as a summer intern for and eventually made his way to freelancing for both news sites. While technology and video games are two of his main interests, he's grown to love Philadelphia as a city and is always excited to hear someone else's story.

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  • kevgeez

    The City NEEDS the Livestop program desperately. Just because immigrants are having a hard time it should be banished?
    Most of the hit and run accidents come from drivers that should have been livestopped already. These guys know they are unlicensed and/or lacking insurance so they take off. Leaving the victim with the bill. ITS NOT FAIR.

  • kevgeez

    Lets not forget the stolen vehicle that people slap valid plates or VI numbers on.
    Any thief already knows this and tries to slip thru this loophole.
    Thieves prey on the softness of liberal agenda.

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