Mayor Kenney Releases Statement on Release of Detainees from PHL Airport

For Immediate Release: January 29, 2017
Published By: Office of the Mayor
Contact: Lauren Hitt, press@phila.gov

PHILADELPHIA – Mayor Jim Kenney released the following statement on the stay of President Trump’s executive order and the release of two detainees from PHL Airport this morning.

“I am so grateful to all those who worked to see these two new Americans released and reunited with their families, namely the ACLU, the International Refugee Assistance Project, volunteer lawyers, the Philadelphians who demonstrated peacefully last night, Senator Casey, Governor Wolf, Congressman Brady, Congressman Evans, State Rep Brian Sims, State Rep Jordan Harris and Councilwoman Helen Gym. I also thank our other congressional colleagues Rep. Brendan Boyle, Rep. Charlie Dent and Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick for their vocal opposition to this unconstitutional order. While we will have to continue to work to see this order completely defeated, this is an important victory against hate.

 “We’re proud to announce that in addition to the release of anyone detained at the airport yesterday afternoon, all new passengers arriving today will be treated the same as they would have been prior to the executive order.”

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