The report found that many local governments in Pennsylvania, including some in the Philadelphia suburbs, use their manpower to actively assist U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents. In an email to the Sheller Center, the update said, Chester County Deputy Solicitor Kristen Mayock said the report did not accurately portray some county policies.
Mayock said Chester County does not detain people or keep them in custody based solely on a formal request from ICE. The update said Chester County denied that its officials have expressed interest in a closer, formal relationship with ICE.
The original Sheller study, completed with the Latino activist group Juntos and released June 25, said Chester County led several suburban Philadelphia counties in its cooperation; the update indicates it cooperates roughly as much as Bucks, Montgomery and Delaware Counties.
Chester County does provide ICE with access to daily jail-population reports, the Sheller update noted, and also notifies ICE about an individual’s release, which the deputy solicitor wrote “protects the safety and welfare of county residents.”