Dangerous Times: Philadelphia Bows to Activists, Severs Ties With ICE
After weeks of riotous protests outside Philadelphia’s city hall and a few days after “Occupy ICE” protesters stormed inside the building, blocked a stairway, and essentially held the building hostage for more than an hour, city leaders have made the brilliant decision to…give these lowlife leftists exactly what they want! Gosh, nothing promotes civility and social rest like abandoning the rule of law every time an angry mob forces your hand. Like, what could go wrong?
Nonetheless, Philadelphia announced this week that they would cut ties with ICE and sever a contract with the agency wherein they share real-time information about arrests the police make inside the city. That system provided information over the transom that included the full names of people arrested, their countries they came from, and their Social Security numbers. The information did not include anything about the arrested individual’s immigration status, but naturally Democrats think that the Evil Immigration Feds found some way around that loophole.
“I cannot in good conscience allow the agreement to continue,” said Mayor Jim Kenney, whom you do not need to be told is a Democrat. “We’re not going to provide them with information so they can go out and round people up.”
No, we want these illegal immigrants to stay right here in Philadelphia, where they can continue to commit crimes!
“If I could abolish ICE, I would,” the mayor continued. “But we can abolish this contract, and we are.”
Responding to Philadelphia’s decision, Homeland Security spokesperson Katie Waldman said the city was choosing illegal immigrants over the American public.
“Sanctuary city policies make American communities like Philadelphia less safe by putting the rights of criminal aliens over the safety and security of American citizens,” she said. “Despite the misguided action taken by Philadelphia today, DHS will continue to work to remove illegal aliens and uphold public safety.”
Philadelphia is, of course, already on the Trump administration’s bad side for their sanctuary city policies. The city does not hold suspected illegals in jail pursuant to federal requests, and Philadelphia attorneys have been in court trying to prevent the administration from ending federal grants over the dispute. So far, the courts have ruled in favor of Philadelphia (and Chicago and other sanctuary cities that defy federal immigration law).
Immigration law professor Peter Spiro told NPR that immigration activists may not be able to effect change at the federal level, but the Philadelphia ruling shows that they still wield power municipally.
“The immigrant advocate groups are clearly winning significant battles at the local level,” he said, “and this is counted now among them.”
Yes, but do the people of Philadelphia – the actual U.S. citizens, we mean – really know the nature of the victories they’re winning?
If not, we have a feeling they soon will.