Philadelphia is expected to end the arrangement that permits federal immigration agents to scrutinize the city’s computerized list of arrests, including country of origin and other data, Everett Gillison, the deputy mayor for public safety, said Sunday.
Immigrant advocates say the year-old agreement between the city and the Immigration and Customs Enforcement service, known as ICE, has resulted in deportation proceedings against immigrants arrested on even minor charges. Under the agreement, ICE agents can routinely access the city’s Preliminary Arraignment Reporting System (PARS). That agreement is up for renewal on Thursday.
“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. LINK
My good friend Wyatt beat me to the punch on this one but great minds think alike. In this case we are in lock step agreement. Philadelphia’s liberal Democrat Mayor Michael Nutter has just thrown every single law-abiding citizen of Philadelphia (what few we have left) under a bus fit for Barack Obama to drive. In fact he is taking a page right out of the anointed ones play book. The Democrats not only condone illegal immigration in direct violation of our nations laws they actively promote it as in this case. Most laws are meant to have a deterrent effect. By openly announcing you won’t be enforcing a law you are advocating for its violation. It’s that simple.
Philadelphia is a poor city (even though it shouldn’t be). It’s poor mostly because of the policies of the Democrat party that is firmly entrenched here and has been for a couple of generations now. It’s poor because of gross mismanagement, waste, fraud, abuse, corruption, patronage and all the other usual crimes of bad government. In short the Democrat party’s political platform.
Philadelphia’s unemployment hovers around 11% with the real numbers probably much higher. Somehow Mayor Nutter thinks opening the doors and inviting thousands more illegal aliens to join the labor pool of unemployed workers is a good thing. The city can’t pay its current bills now. City workers are vilified for fat contracts and lavish lifestyles when in reality it’s the insane policies of our city government that’s responsible for the perpetual fiscal and social instability we live with. For example: recently it was announced that our police would no longer respond to the scene of minor traffic accidents. This policy will effectively allow thousands of drunk drivers and people driving without a license, registration or insurance to continue to flaunt our laws. When a law-abiding citizen get’s hit by a drunk illegal alien with no license, registration or insurance they are shit outta luck. The driver simply walks away and you are left holding the bag. Why would anyone move here? It is enough to make you sick.
An unrestricted influx of illegal immigrants will only have further devastating effects on a city currently on the brink. The demand for social services (an area that is a core source of fiscal instability) will increase. Hospitals, courts and schools will be forced to absorb the associated, unreimbursed expenses they generate. Crime will increase. The demands placed on city departments like police, fire and EMS will also increase at a time the city is enacting draconian cuts.
We will continue our death spiral until Philadelphia passes the point of no return like Detroit and Camden. Chicago is currently in an uncontrolled death spiral. Just watch them crash and burn and you will see what’s in store for us. This is exactly what is happening in Arizona and they are sick and tired of it. The difference is that Arizona has a Governor with the courage to stand up to Washington and say “Enough is enough. Either you fix the problem or we will do it ourselves”. Kudos to Gov. Jan Brewer.
The policies of Philadelphia and other Democrat controlled American cities are undeniable failures. They are vividly apparent in failed city after failed city. It amazes me how much of this insanity the average American will tolerate. I also wonder for how long.