State rep slams Philadelphia mayor, the sanctuary of the celebration
Pennsylvania Republican Martina White calls in from Philadelphia Mayor James Kenney’s victory dance about the sanctuary city ruling.
The Philadelphia mayor, blasted by the White House after being filmed dancing in celebration after a judge ruled in favor of the sanctuary city status, it was done, because it was an “important moment for all Philadelphians,” his office said Friday, despite the city of the recent history of the illegal immigrant-related crime.
A video tweeted by Mayor James Kenney, the deputy chief of staff left him dizzy after the U. S. District Judge Michael Baylson ruled Wednesday that the Trumpet administration may not withhold grants to the city over the policy that the limit of the local police cooperation with federal immigration officials.
“Mayor Kenney voltage shown, because it was an important moment for all Philadelphians, especially the immigrant community,” Deana Gamble, director of communications, told Fox News Friday.
“A SANCTUARY CITY: PHILADELPHIA MAYOR DANCING TO CELEBRATE COURT WIN AGAINST TRUMP
Gamble said that the city’s policies are designed to ensure individuals’ constitutional rights are protected.
Needless to say, I think @janeslusser and @PhillyMayor are very excited about today’s ruling to acknowledge Philadelphia as a Sanctuary City. pic.twitter.com/gdnnjZT9ps
— Steve Preston (@StevePrest) 6 June 2018
“Philadelphia does not protect or harbor criminals and the court also found that Philadelphia has in the past cooperated [with] federal law enforcement agencies in the fight against crime, that is beyond doubt and is very well known,” she added.
Philadelphia previously has said that it will only hand illegal immigrants over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents if they show a warrant signed by the judge.
But ICE, as recently as May, it is the conduct of business in the Philadelphia metro region, which it says will target “criminal aliens, public safety threats, and the persons who have violated our nation’s immigration laws.”
“A lot of people in Philadelphia have been murdered, raped or abused in the hands of criminal illegal aliens,” White House spokesman Hogan Gidley told Fox News yesterday, calling Kenney’s dance “disgusting.”
Outside of the raids, illegal immigrants who committed crimes or refugees who have returned from the Philadelphia area in the past few years are:
- Milton Mateo Garcia, who was convicted in 2016 to 44 years in captivity after being convicted two years earlier of the rape of a young woman in Philadelphia’s Center City neighborhood. Garcia, a restaurant kitchen worker from Honduras, came to be known as the “Rittenhouse rapist” after he grabbed a 26-year-old woman by her neck outside her apartment and pushed her inside, where he sexually assaulted her. Federal officials at the time said Garcia, 28, were living in Philadelphia illegally and had been deported at least once before he focused on the woman. After the announcement of the long sentence, Philadelphia’s district Attorney Seth Williams said “Garcia does not belong on the streets of Philadelphia and, as a result of today’s sentencing, he will not more.”
Darlin Navarro-Turcios, a Honduran who ICE says lived in the U.S. illegally, was deported in 2015 after his condemnation of the violence in association with the stabbing death of a man on a Philadelphia street a year earlier.
- Darlin Navarro-Turcos, also from Honduras, who was sent back to the Central American country in 2015 after his condemnation of the violence in association with the stabbing death of a man on a Philadelphia street a year earlier. Navarro-Turcios, who had been going by the alias Darlin Mendoza-Sanders, served a year in prison over the attack and had entered the country illegally in March 2003, ICE said. Prior to the murder, he was convicted for driving under the influence. “The crime in this criminal alien is associated with is horrible,” said Tom Decker, director of the ICE cream from Philadelphia’s Enforcement and Removal from office.
- Edwin Estuardo Martinez-Ortega, who as an 18-year-old was deported from Philadelphia in 2014. Martinez-Ortega was identified by the ICE as a fugitive wanted on murder charges in his home country of Guatemala, and was picked up by agents after they found him in a barber shop in Warminster, just north of Philadelphia. ICE said they were tracking its presence in the area after his brother Nectali Ortega-Duarte was arrested in 2011 and deported to Guatemala costs related to the same crime.
The federal authorities said that they dragged out of 49 immigrants in the Philadelphia metro area in late May of this year during a “targeted enforcement operation” aimed at “criminal aliens, immigration fugitives, re-entrants and other immigration violators.”
“This operation resulted in multiple arrests of criminal aliens, public safety threats, and the persons who have violated our nation’s immigration laws,” Philadelphia’s Acting Field Office manager Gregory Brawley said after the sweep. “Some of these dangerous individuals were brought to the streets instead of turned over to ICE on our detainers, at the expense of the security of the homeland, that ICE officers strive to protect everyday.”
ICE is not the reveal the identity of those taken into custody, but, she said, a 52-year-old Mexican illegal immigrant who was charged with simple assault and terrorist threats, and a 26-year-old Haitian illegal immigrant who was “convicted in the common pleas Court in Philadelphia, of theft, possession of an instrument of crime, simple assault, and criminal attempt theft by unlawful taking.”
ICE agents conducting an operation in May that they say targeted “criminal aliens and immigration violators” in Philadelphia.
That sweep followed another one that happened in 2017, called Operation Safe City, where agents across the country held nearly 500 illegal immigrants in 10 sanctuary cities.
Philadelphia had the largest number of arrests in that raid with 107, which ICE said that they went after people who had committed sex crimes, sold drugs and firearms were possessed, according Philly.com.
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“Sanctuary city policies make it harder for our law enforcement officials to keep dangerous criminals off the street,” said a spokesman for Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., told Fox News Friday. “We must continue this fight to keep our communities safe.”
But critics said that the raid against the city of Brotherly Love, seemed more like an act of revenge on its sanctuary status, and Kenney’s lawsuit against Attorney General Jeff Sessions regarding the grant money dispute.
“I don’t think it’s a coincidence that the Mayor Kenney complains Jeff Sessions of last month, and then Philadelphia hit,” Peter Pedemonti, director of the New Sanctuary Movement of Philadelphia, an immigration rights group, told Philly.com. “It is violent.”
“Operation Safe City, not our city safer and further sows distrust between the police and ethnic minorities,” the website also quoted Kenney as saying at the time.