Sanctuary cities are just what they sound like; they are American cities that are bereft of the rule of law. These cities assert that they are willing to welcome illegal immigrants to their towns and shield them from the consequences of their crimes.
They advertise that illegals can be safe in these cities and that they can live free from the worry of deportation.
However, these cities suffer the predictable consequences of being dedicated to facilitating criminal behavior as they attract many who are at risk of being deported such as gang members and fugitives.
Recently, a lawsuit brought by the family of Kate Steinle, a young lady murdered by an illegal in San Francisco, has returned the issue of sanctuary cities back to the front of American news.
Philadelphia is a sanctuary city. To help aid those who wish to violate our laws, some misguided Christians have taken to attempting to help these criminals violate the law. Father John Olenick, pastor of Visitation Blessed Virgin Mary (BVM) Roman Catholic Parish, has pledged his congregation’s support to the New Sanctuaries Movement, a pleasant-sounding term used to describe a coalition of conspirators who seek to help illegals violate our national sovereignty and escape consequences for their criminal acts.
Now, Father Olenick and the rest of the conspirators have set up a hotline and a “know your rights” workshop for illegals to help them escape deportations.
Father Olenick explains his mission:
“[The] New Sanctuary Movement is an interfaith, multicultural immigrant-justice organization fighting to win more just and humane laws for immigrants and to keep immigrant families together. We are united in our shared faith values of justice, dignity, and hospitality for all, regardless of immigration status. We’ve worked for the past nine years to keep immigrant families together through the successful campaign to end the practice of the Philadelphia police collaborating with deportations. [We] accompany families facing deportation, and are now working on a campaign to win driver’s licenses for undocumented Pennsylvanians.”
Yes, I personally hate it when police work to enforce the laws they have sworn to enforce…
The idea of the hotline came from our immigrant members’ very real feeling of being terrorized by constant violence in their home countries and now in the United States. The [Christian] mandate to welcome the stranger and love your neighbor are not just about feelings; they are a call to action. We cannot sit idly by while our community members are dragged away from their families at 4 in the morning. The hotline and emergency rapid response of “Sanctuary in the Streets” aims to bear prophetic witness to this injustice while we organize against the deportations. People across the country are responding to the raids in a manner that best suits their own communities. We believe that “Sanctuary in the Streets” [the hotline] is what Philadelphia needs to be safer from the terror of deportation.
Olenick skillfully uses words to craft a preferred narrative. He uses “terror” to describe a basic enforcement of the law. Rather than call them “criminals” or “illegals,” he uses the misleading term “undocumented.”
Of course, such phrasing neglects to note the criminal intent. If a man is caught with an unregistered gun with the serial number filed-off in Philadelphia, is it an “undocumented” gun? Or will he face a weapons charge?
The hotline is just the latest slap in the face for those who value the rule of law in this nation. We must demand an uncompromising return to the rule of law and that begins with thorough and absolute deportations and jail time for repeat offenders.