Friday, July 10, 2015

Philly GOP Reaffirms Its Condemnation of Philadelphia as a Sanctuary City along with Statement from Mayoral Candidate Melissa Murray Bailey


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact:          Joe DeFelice, Executive Director
Phone:             215-756-4158 (mobile)
Email:              josephjdefelice@phillygop.com

Philadelphia Republican Party Reaffirms Its Condemnation of Philadelphia as a Sanctuary City

Philadelphia, PA July 10, 2015:  In light of the recent murder in San Francisco of a woman by an illegal immigrant with prior felony convictions, the Philadelphia Republican Party reaffirmed its condemnation of our City acting as one of these so-called “sanctuary cities” where Philadelphia will no longer hold illegal immigrants for Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainers.  In a statement after the signing of Mayor Nutter’s Executive Order last year, 27th Ward Leader and former City Council Candidate Matt Wolfe stated, “These immigration issues are issues that need to be dealt with on a federal level,” says Wolfe, “whether Mayor Nutter agrees or disagrees with federal law, he must facilitate it being obeyed.  So long as those laws are in place they need to be enforced, and the city needs to cooperate with our federal government.”
            Today, our candidate for Mayor, Melissa Murray Bailey, released the following statement:

I am outraged by the recent shooting of Kathryn Steinle in San Francisco and my deepest sympathies go out to her family and friends. The worst part about it is that it is a crime that could be prevented. We have to do a better job protecting people.


By declaring Philadelphia a sanctuary city and not detaining illegal immigrants who have been convicted of a crime, we are putting the citizens of Philadelphia at risk. In fact, over one third of federal crimes committed in 2014 were committed by people who are in the US illegally.

To be clear, I am not opposed to immigration. As a country, I want us to adopt clear, fair, and humane immigration policies. As a parent, I can’t fault people trying to provide a better life for their family. Washington has dragged its feet far too long in dealing with this issue leading some cities, including Philadelphia, to determine themselves safe cities in a misguided attempt to help illegal immigrants.  Unfortunately in San Francisco it backfired.  We cannot wait for something similar to happen in Philadelphia. We cannot allow illegal immigrants who commit violent crimes to stay in our city and by allowing them to, we are actually saying come to Philadelphia, because even if you are in the country illegally and committing crimes there is a place for you here.

This is unacceptable because it puts every Philadelphian at risk and makes it more difficult for immigrants who are not committing crimes to make a home in our country. 

The city is not saying that the federal detainers are illegal.  The city is just refusing to cooperate with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE) under its “Secure Communities” program.  That program enhances ICE’s ability to track and apprehend dangerous criminals who are in this country illegally.  All the city has to do to cooperate is notify ICE when one of these illegal aliens is going to be released.  By refusing to do so the city puts its citizens at risk, as we have seen in San Francisco.  Not only do those released pose a threat, but the policy also encourages illegal aliens, particularly those with criminal tendencies, to relocate in Philadelphia from other jurisdictions.

The city’s policy acknowledges that “Immigrants make significant contributions to every facet of The City of Philadelphia’s economic, educational and cultural life.”  That is, of course, true.  That being said, citizens of all sorts contribute to the quality of life of our city.  Likewise, criminals, whether immigrants or Philadelphia natives, diminish the quality of life for the rest of us.  Illegal aliens are by definition criminals.  That’s what the term “illegal” means.  If they are also in custody having been arrested for criminal activity, which should double the concern.  ICE is doing us a favor.  The city’s policy makes it look like ICE is doing something nefarious.

            “It is unfortunate that the Mayor and the Democrats in City Hall are more concerned about political gain and feel good initiatives rather than the safety of our citizens.” said Philadelphia Republican Party Executive Director Joe DeFelice, “we are excited about the calls we have received from concerned citizens in the region to build a stronger Republican Party and we welcome more coverage for our Party and our candidates going forward.”  For more information from the Melissa Murray Bailey Campaign please email info@mmb2015.com.
           
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Thursday, July 9, 2015

Something is Fishy at L&I


Philadelphia Republican City Committee
Hon. John J. Taylor, Chairman
www.phillygop.com
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact:          Joe DeFelice, Executive Director
Phone:             215-756-4158 (mobile)
Email:              josephjdefelice@phillygop.com


Something is Fishy at L&I
Philadelphia, PA, July 9, 2015:  After not learning their lesson with the fatal building collapse in Center City two years ago; recent reports out of the Point Breeze neighborhood show L&I’s utter indifference for their own regulations.  A Philadelphia Inquirer story highlighted how last year, L&I, through Commissioner Carlton Williams, permitted a building demolition without proper permits.[1]  “This type of willful disregard of safety regulations puts the welfare of City residents in jeopardy,” stated Philadelphia Republican Party Executive Director Joe DeFelice.

Couple the above, with the shuttering of a Point Breeze Beer Garden for, as reported, no reason at all, L&I continues its cavalier attitude for the rules.  A recent BillyPenn.com article quoted proprietor of the Point Breeze Beer Garden, John Longacre, as saying, “[Our beer garden] has now received a ‘Cease and Desist’ by order of Philadelphia License and Inspections. When the Inspector came out to inform us, he stated he had ‘absolutely no idea why they were shutting us down.”  Longacre followed up by submitting for a temporary permit anyway, though not required by law, and was told by L&I that they “lost [their] application.”[2]

 These above stories just don’t pass the smell test.  L&I is either crooked or careless, either way, a fish rots from the head down; if Carlton Williams is the man steering the ship, then perhaps, it’s time for a new Commissioner, maybe even one that won’t stink. 

           
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[1]http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20150706_mL_I_commissioner_allowed_demolition_without_permits.html

Ramsey Puts Target on Backs of Those Who Protect Us


Philadelphia Republican City Committee
Hon. John J. Taylor, Chairman
                                                                 www.phillygop.com 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact:          Joe DeFelice, Executive Director
Phone:             215-756-4158 (mobile)
Email:              josephjdefelice@phillygop.com


Ramsey Puts Target on Backs of Those Who Protect Us
Philadelphia, PA, July 9, 2015:  Last week, the Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police filed unfair labor practices charges against Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey due to his decision to release the names of any officers that discharge their weapons[1].   “John McNesby, president of the local Fraternal Order of Police lodge, criticized releasing their names and said the officers will now have to worry about being targeted because they were involved in shootings[2]” according to a story in last week’s Philadelphia Inquirer.
            “We firmly stand with the Fraternal Order of Police,” said Philadelphia Republican Party Executive Director Joe DeFelice.  “These feel good policies and catering to media and political pressure in exchange for the safety of our Officers is a disgrace; each day, when an officer puts on that uniform, he or she has to look over their shoulder and worry about whether they will be a target of retaliation for simply doing their jobs.“
               
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[1] http://citypaper.net/news/fop-wastes-no-time-in-appealing-names-policy-to-labor-relations-board
[2]http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20150704_New_policy__Police_ID_two_officers_who_shot__wounded_a_mentally_incompetent_man.html

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Philadelphia Republican Party Condemns Democrat’s Sham Commission on Universal Pre-K


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact:          Joe DeFelice, Executive Director
Phone:             215-756-4158 (mobile)
Email:              josephjdefelice@phillygop.com

Philadelphia Republican Party Condemns Democrat’s Sham Commission on Universal Pre-K

Philadelphia, PA July 8, 2015:  Democratic Mayor Michael Nutter recently released the names of the members of the city’s Commission on Universal Pre-K.  Philadelphia Republican Party Executive Director Joe DeFelice noted that the commission seemed to have no Republicans as members and certainly no members selected in consultation with the city’s Republican leadership.
            “Once again, we see the Nutter Administration demonstrating that they are in the pocket of the city’s Democratic Machine that acts to preserve its power rather than to improve the quality of life for our citizens.  If they were serious about implementing and funding universal pre-K in Philadelphia, they would have made the commission bi-partisan rather than a branch of Democratic City Committee.”
            DeFelice found only Democrats on the Commission.  In addition to Democrats from Philadelphia, there were Democrats from Upper Merion, Lower Merion, Upper Darby and Pittsburgh.  While there were some members for whom their party registration could not be ascertained, there were none known to the local Republican Party.
            There are over 100,000 Republicans in Philadelphia.  Both houses of the legislature in Harrisburg have large Republican majorities.  Philadelphia Republican Party Chairman John Taylor is a State Representative with significant seniority and clout in Harrisburg.  If there is any thought of funding this with help from state government, ignoring the Republican constituencies in the city and the legislature makes that remote.  “They demonstrate that they are really only looking to put on a show for partisan gain rather than really advancing any educational goals,” said DeFelice.
            The commission was created with an amendment to the city charter.  Since it has no authority to actually implement a plan or raise money to fund it, there no reason to go through the process to amend the charter to do so.  Either the Mayor or City Council could have simply formed a commission to “study” the issue on its own.  DeFelice said that “We opposed the charter change because it was unnecessary and unnecessarily cumbersome and costly.  Now that we see a commission that is just a shill for the Democratic Machine, we know we were right.”