As we told you earlier this week, there was an awful story that came as a direct result of Philadelphia’s sanctuary city policy:
'You should be charged'! Philly mayor gets HAMMERED by people who remember his ‘sanctuary city happy dance’ in light of this AWFUL news https://t.co/dNWxksrnO2
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) August 8, 2018
DOJ announces charges against a previously deported illegal immigrant from Honduras who raped a child after being released by the City of Philadelphia because of its sanctuary status pic.twitter.com/lVkYh2v8eb
— Saagar Enjeti (@esaagar) August 8, 2018
Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney defended himself this jaw-dropping way:
Philadelphia mayor tries to defend ignoring ICE detainer on illegal immigrant who assaulted a child pic.twitter.com/z5LeQCDSxc
— FOX & friends (@foxandfriends) August 9, 2018
Puh-leeze. And yes, he blamed ICE for what happened.
“That was entirely preventable because if the ICE detainer had been respected he would have been taken into custody, deported and never committed this crime,” U.S. Attorney William McSwain said.
ICE is U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement—the agency enforcing immigration laws.
McSwain says in 2014 Vasquez—a Honduran in the country illegally—was being held in a city jail. ICE asked the city to hold him on a “detainer” to keep him locked-up–and hand him over to Immigration for deportation. Instead, the city let him go. According to court records, in July of 2016 Vasquez raped the child.
“If they had gotten a warrant we would have turned the person over nothing of this would have happened,” Mayor Jim Kenney said.
Kenney, who last year did a “happy dance” after Philadelphia’s status as a sanctuary city was upheld, also had this to say in looking forward to next year’s Netroots convention:
— Jim Kenney (@JimFKenney) August 8, 2018
Yeah, that got ratio’d pretty hard, and deservedly so.
That whole happy dance, (awkward as it was), is turning out to not be your best moment in light of recent developments, huh? Careful what you wish for Mayor, cause you just might get it. #SanctuaryCity #dangerous
— Greg Baggett (@greg_gbag) August 9, 2018
— Richard Vogt ❌ (@Rvogt1_cba) August 8, 2018
— JC …..👩🏼💻 (@3y3s0pen) August 10, 2018
How do you sleep at night in light of recent events? https://t.co/v4fXUsIWMl
— ❌KG – #walkaway 🇺🇸Rural American Roots (@KGM2G) August 10, 2018
— Jeff Faria (@PatriotsOfMars) August 9, 2018
Really bad timing Jimmy. Protecting illegal criminals while your citizens are brutalized. You didn't stand up for this child. You fed her to the monster. https://t.co/JI9SvNijNO https://t.co/zMC6Cdqtzr
— Bella D'Plorable 👠 (@di_plora) August 10, 2018
What a despicably self-unaware and blame-deflecting mayor.