Philadelphia Mayor Reinstates Sanctuary Policy
“Former Mayor Michael Nutter—recently hired by the Department of Homeland Security—repealed his executive order that made Philadelphia a sanctuary city in December of last year. Thankfully, newly elected mayor Jim Kenney reversed Nutter’s repeal on Jan. 4, 2016, making Philadelphia a sanctuary city yet again,” says Zari Tarazona at Temple-News.com.
“This means requests from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to the Philadelphia Police Department to relinquish undocumented immigrants into their custody can now be denied, unless the person has committed a first or second-degree felony.”
Labor Secretary Says GOP Immigration Position a Loser
“U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez equated the Republican presidential candidates’ stances on immigration with a “political suicide mission,” saying it alienates Hispanic voters,” RGJ.com reported.
“Perez made the comments in an interview with the Reno Gazette-Journal during his trip to Northern Nevada on Monday where he campaigned for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The Latino vote is often considered one of the most important demographic blocs for the election, with some estimates saying Republicans need around 40 percent of Hispanics to win the presidency.”
U.K. Landlords Face Immigration Check Mandate
“Landlords must check the immigration status of new tenants under controversial new rules that come into force on Monday. They must establish that residents have a right to be in the country by asking for documents such as passports or identity cards and taking copies. Those who fail to comply will face fines of up to £3,000 per tenant,” BT.com says.
German Opposition Party Wants Border Police Armed
“Germany’s interior ministry on Monday dismissed remarks from a populist politician who called for police to be given powers to use firearms against illegal migrants, pointing out that such shootings would be illegal,” Business Insider wrote.
“The suggestion by Frauke Petry, leader of the anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, has fueled an already heated debate about Chancellor Angela Merkel’s decision to open Germany’s doors to refugees.”
More Cubans Travel Through Mexico
“Cubans are taking a dangerous journey through Central America to get into the United States through its border with Mexico as the Obama administration holds onto the five-decade-old policy of allowing Cubans asylum if they can make it onto U.S. soil,” Newsmax.com reported.