You can’t uphold the law if you break the law.
I can’t support any potential lawmaker who is a lawbreaker. City Hall is not supposed to be a morgue for laws.
Sanctuary Cities break the law by interfering with the federal government’s ability to identify and perhaps deport those who broke our laws by coming here illegally.
No matter the good intent, so-called supervised injection sites, which are in the pipeline, will break the law by enabling the sale, purchase and use of illegal drugs. (One judge recently ruled that the site itself does not break the law. That ruling is being appealed. The site is used by those breaking drug laws.)
The theory: Addicts who come to the sites will be offered treatment and services. But they can be offered the same thing, right now, by outreach teams on the street.
Let me ask you this: Would you help someone shoot up heroin for the first time? My guess is you answer “no.”
Why would you help someone shoot up for the 50th time?
My solution: Arrest drug addicts and offer them jail or treatment in a facility. They will choose treatment and we have a shot at getting them off drugs.
At the so-called harm reduction sites, allowing them to shoot up, OD and be revived just extends their zombie misery.
On the Sanctuary City issue, we have an incumbent for mayor who did a Three Stooges dance when a judge, in a narrow ruling, said the feds could not deny funds to the city for failure to cooperate. This is despite the 1996 Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act that prohibits municipalities from impeding immigration enforcement.
Flying in the face of simple truth, Jim Kenney says the illegals have done nothing wrong.
Yes, they have, they broke our immigration laws.
Even worse, if they commit a felony — and some have — Kenney will not voluntarily cooperate with ICE to remove them. He puts the safety of Philadelphians at risk out of some misguided notion of social justice. You know about the 5-year-old girl who was raped by a convicted foreign felon that Philadelphia did not turn over to ICE.
ICE enforces laws passed by Congress and signed into law by the president.
Philadelphia — and other Sanctuary Cities — are nullifying laws. I don’t know about you, but I taught my children to obey the law.
Republican mayoral candidate Billy Ciancaglini says he will return Philadelphia to lawful status by ending Sanctuary City status.
Under his watch, there will be no supervised injection sites in any Philadelphia neighborhood.
If you don’t want a city-supervised shooting gallery in your neighborhood, vote for Ciancaglini for mayor. He has his own program for opioid treatment which I covered last week. He has other ideas for government and taxation that are within sane norms.
You get to vote for five candidates for City Council At-Large and this is more important than you think.
Seven candidates are elected — the top five vote-getters (always Democrats) — and the top two minority party vote-getters, traditionally Republican.
This year, however, the Working Families Party is making a strong push to elect two At-Large. If they were replacing Democrats, big whoop.
However, if they knock off the two Republicans, that will give Democrat/progressives a death grip on Council, with no one* left to apply the brakes to whatever costly and harebrained schemes they might invent.
[The * denotes Allan Domb, the only business person on Council and the only one to apply brakes to a “spend first, figure out how to pay for it later” mindset.]
Electing more progressives would not be good for democracy and it will not be good for Philadelphia.
I can’t vote for anyone who supports law-breaking.
I looked through the websites of the Council candidates and found only two who unequivocally oppose Sanctuary Cities and supervised injection sites.
Both are Republicans — Bill Heeney and Matt Wolfe.
I can tell you a bit more about each.
> Heeney has filed a right-to-know request to find out what crimes D.A. Larry Krasner has declined to prosecute. Krasner has been ordered to produce the documents.
> A dog lover, Wolfe pledges to help increase funding for the city’s under-funded animal shelter.
Yeah, I know it’s some kind of heresy in Philadelphia to vote for a Republican even though Philadelphia Republicans would be conservative Democrats anywhere else.
I wish I could recommend a Democrat — any Democrat — but they believe they don’t have to obey any law they don’t like.
That is a recipe for anarchy.