Toomey vs. Sanctuary Cities

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Matthew Vadum | Front Page Magazine

Philadelphia’s egregious sanctuary city policy that has repeatedly allowed illegal aliens to commit rape in that city has to end, says Sen. Pat Toomey.

Philadelphia has one of the most “extreme versions” of the policy, Toomey, a Pennsylvania Republican in a tough reelection fight, said on the “O’Reilly Factor” Wednesday.

There are hundreds of sanctuary jurisdictions across the country. Some left-wingers use the dreadful euphemism “civil liberties safe zones” to describe them. The phrase blurs the distinction between citizens and non-citizens by implying illegal aliens somehow possess a civil right to be present in the U.S.

The sanctuary movement that gave illegal aliens permission to rob, rape, and murder Americans is the product of decades of concerted collusion by radical George Soros-funded groups like the ACLU to get cities to pledge to violate laws that protect U.S. national security. Cheered on by the Left, sanctuary cities frustrate immigration enforcement efforts and shield illegal aliens from federal officials as a matter of policy.

The Obama administration is fine with that. President Obama has made America a sanctuary country, rolling out the red carpet for illegal aliens, especially those from Mexico, to come to the U.S. and depress labor markets while they suck the nation’s welfare state dry.

On Fox News Channel, Toomey slammed the City of Brotherly Love for unleashing a violent illegal alien from Honduras named Ramon Aguirre-Ochoa on Pennsylvanians. Aguirre-Ochoa was previously deported from the U.S. in 2009. He reentered the country illegally and was in the custody of police but was liberated when Philadelphia officials failed to honor a federal request to keep him in custody.

“This monster raped a child and he never should have been here,” he said. “And the folks at ICE didn’t want him here. They had asked the police department of Philadelphia to hold this guy until they could send an agent to pick him up and deport him.”

But “their hands were tied by a very bad policy that forbids them from cooperating with federal immigration officials. It’s terrible, and it’s a security risk for all of us.”

Failing to cooperate with immigration officials who want a prisoner held beyond the expected release date is in theory a violation of federal law, some say, but court rulings have clouded the issue.

The victim in this case has not been named in the media but has been described as a child under the age of 13 years. The child’s sex was not given.

Aguirre-Ochoa, who was arrested last month, could be free again, the senator said. “If he makes bail or if for some reason the case against him falls apart and they have to release him, according to the current policy in Philadelphia, they will not inform ICE. They will just release this guy onto the streets of Philadelphia. This is terrible. We have to end this.”

The previous mayor, Michael Nutter (D), had enforced the sanctuary city policy of non-compliance but suddenly restored cooperation with immigration officials a month before he left office. The new mayor, Jim Kenney (D),brought it back the same day he was inaugurated in January.

“Executive Order 5-16 states that city authorities will not cooperate with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainer requests for undocumented citizens who are arrested and would have otherwise been released from custody, unless the individual has committed a first or second degree felony involving violence,” Kenney’s office said in a press release.

Columnist Stu Bykofsky writes that under Kenney’s executive order:

ICE will be notified only if the suspect has a conviction, but not just a conviction, it must be afelony. But not just a felony, it must be a first- or second-degree felony. But not just a first- or second-degree felony, it must also involve violence.

SOURCE: FRONT PAGE MAGAZINE