PACDL Issues Statement Regarding Asylum Seekers. PACDL issued a position statement on December 23 vehemently objecting to and opposing the U.S. government's actions in relation to asylum seekers at this country's southern border after the AP issued a December 19 story detailing the alarming and horrifying details about the detention of 14,300 migrant children ranging in age from toddlers to teenagers and confirming that migrant children are being held in Pennsylvania. PACDL stated that "[t]he cruelty implicit in this deterrence is antithetical to the values of this country, held dear by the members of our organization, all of whom have sworn to uphold the Constitution and stand up for the persecuted, defenseless and afflicted in the face of overbearing government authority." See the full statement.
Vacating Negotiated Guilty Plea. PACDL, the ACLU of PA and the Philadelphia Chapter of PACDL sent a joint letter to Philadelphia District Attorney Krasner regarding their concerns about the attempt to vacate a negotiated guilty plea agreement and sentence that was already imposed and the defendant already was serving. Their specific concerns can be found in this letter.