Wagner Calls For State Law Protecting Pennsylvanians From Illegal Immigrants

Denounces Philadelphia Mayor’s Attempts To Thwart ICE

2018 Republican gubernatorial nominee Scott Wagner today denounced Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney for terminating a contract that provided Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents with arrest data that is useful in determining the whereabouts of people that are in the United States illegally.

“It’s a matter of public safety,” Wagner explained. “Our public officials’ greatest responsibility is to protect our citizens. The fact that Mayor Kenney is choosing to put his liberal political philosophy ahead of the safety of his citizens is unthinkable.”

Wagner went on to call for a new state law preventing similar actions.

“As Governor, I will work with the legislature to pass a law pre-empting actions like Mayor Kenney’s. I would hope that Governor Wolf will do the same, but all that we’ve seen from the Governor is weak-willed pandering and cowardice. I will be a governor that will unapologetically stand up for the safety of our citizens in every instance.”

BACKGROUND

Governor Wolf’s silence on this issue is not surprising. It’s part of an overall pattern of his refusal to enforce federal immigration laws in Pennsylvania.

While Scott Wagner cosponsored SB 10, a measure to outlaw sanctuary cities in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Governor Wolf  refused to lend his support to the legislation when it passed the Senate in February.

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