Wingnuts: Philly is a Sanctuary City! Except…
If you’re to believe a growing number of right wing bloviators and websites, including America’s Worst Website, The Fox Nation, Philadelphia has ended its slow bleed into hell, becoming a piece of asphalt Real Americans feat most: A sanctuary city.
We weren’t sure of the Real American definition of sanctuary city, so we went to “The Conservapedias,” which is where we get all our information relating to rewriting and de-hippifying the Bible to make Jesus a gun-totin’ mouth breather, just like you!
The term “Sanctuary City” refers to a city or state that enacts policies which are favorable to illegal immigrants. Specifically, sanctuary cities often mandate local laws which prevent inquiry into a person’s immigration status, unless they are a suspect of crime or have been deported in the past.
On Conservapedia’s official site for “Sanctuary City,” there’s a list of U.S. cities currently bowing to Satan. And get this: As of this morning, not only has Philadelphia yet to be on the list, but Pennsylvania as a whole is nowhere to be found!
Strange, as a Monday Inky article titled “Philadelphia to bar immigration agents from arrest data” was rewritten on The Fox Nation as “Philly Becomes Sanctuary City.” Get with the times, PediaSure!
Aaron Kase wrote this on Monday:
The groups are asking for an end to collaboration between the Philadelphia Police Department (PPD) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
The meeting was conducted mostly in Spanish, with translation offered in English and Indonesian. Speakers took the stage to recount stories of friends and family delivered to immigration officials by the police, from immigrants who were stopped while driving, those who were questioned as witnesses to other crimes and a child who was arrested at school.
The conclusion of all speakers was that they no longer trust the PPD and are not comfortable approaching the police under any circumstances, even if witness or victim to a crime.
The PPD and ICE officially collaborate in two ways: The police give ICE access to the Preliminary Arraignment Reporting System (PARS), which lists the nationality of people in police custody. Furthermore, the federal Secure Communities program provides ICE finger-prints of anyone arrested by the police.
And the Inky article had this to say about the Mayor Michael Nutter and others’ views concerning the matter:
“It is the mayor’s view that the PARS agreement should not be extended,” Gillison said, speaking at a South Philadelphia church meeting attended by more than 300 immigrants and their supporters.
He said there would be a formal announcement of the city’s position in the coming week, probably on Friday.
Mayor Nutter has expressed concern about the human rights of all immigrants, regardless of their legal status.
In a directive he issued a year ago, he barred municipal employees on official business from inquiring about the immigration status of any person, including, but not limited to, victims, witnesses, arrestees, and detainees.
Gillison said Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey and District Attorney Seth Williams “agree with the mayor” that the ICE-PARS arrangement should be terminated.
But wait. That may all be the case but Gloria Campisi has a piece in today’s Daily News all about how the PPA sent a letter out to immigrant cabdrivers, enticing them with fake “credit-card payments” they were owed. Well, on Wednesday, 26 drivers showed up to get their free money.
And 23 were arrested by ICE.
All but four were released “but their names were placed on a deportation list.”
President of the Unified Taxi Workers Alliance of Pennsylvania put it in perspective when he mentioned how those 23 were “out of a pool of 5,000 drivers.”
And that’s just a single example. The real criticism may be coming over the Philadelphia City Council passing a resolution against the new Arizona immigration “let’s see your papers” law. M. Nutt is also King of the World (Second Vice President) as it pertains to the U.S. Conference of Mayors and they were up in arms against the Arizona law at their last meeting, too.
Though, we’ve been reading a lot of Conservapedia lately and now we’re pretty sure the 23 arrested are part of the conspiracy to make Philly, and soon, America as a whole, the most sanctuarious (not a real word, but should be) place, ever, so Obama won’t have to ever produce his “berf certificate.”