Thursday, April 20, 2017

“Stop using divisive term ‘sanctuary city’ Kathy Castor tells immigration advocates”.

Above is the title for the news story (see below) by Mitch Perry at SaintPetersBlog. Why is this important? Because the little City of Lake Worth, Florida, IS NOT and NEVER WAS a “sanctuary city”, despite what anyone says to the contrary. The Town of Jupiter is/was rumored to be a “sanctuary” as well. Not true.

Simply put, as stated on this blog many times over:

Because a city or town has a center to help immigrants, doth not a ‘sanctuary’ make.

To learn more about this situation in the City of Lake Worth use this link:

In 5+ years of searching has one single piece of documentation ever been produced that Lake Worth IS a sanctuary city? No. Not one. Zero. Nada.
    And is it proper journalistic method to have elected leaders and City staff prove a negative?

But. . . If. . . And. . . !, suggest local reporters at the Post, for example, who try over and over again to cleverly try and make the case (A  +  B  =  C) for their readers that the opposite is true. The facts are: 
A  [Lake Worth]  +  B  [the Guatemalan/Maya Center]  ≠  C  [a ‘sanctuary city’] (the symbol  ≠  means “does not equal”).

Anyhow. Two excerpts from the article in SaintPetersBlog follow and “Kathy Castor” is quoted (if you didn’t know, “Castor” is Katherine Castor, the Democrat U.S. Rep. for Florida’s 14th congressional district since 2007).

“It appears that some of the mean-spirited rhetoric out of the Trump administration has emboldened certain immigration agents to act outside of their typical powers, and we really need to hear that if you of these cases locally,” [emphasis added] Tampa Congresswoman Kathy Castor told several dozen activists and citizens who jammed into the Blind Tiger Cafe on Ybor City’s 7th Avenue Wednesday morning.
     When an audience member talked about a local detention that lacked specifics, Castor said she would need more information before acting.
      “That’s the only way that I’m empowered to ask Secretary Kelly and say,’ they’ve overstepped their bounds,” she said, referring to John Kelly, who heads the Department of Homeland Security.

and. . .

     Regarding the issue of sanctuary cities and/or counties, Castor told the crowd they should stop using that phrase, as it was intentionally divisive. The loosely defined term is best described as local government limiting cooperation with the federal government to help undocumented immigrants avoid deportation.
     “There’s a lot of confusion and emotion around the term,” Castor said. “I think it’s a trap. I think it was a term that was created to divide people and to demonize diverse areas.”
     The Tampa Democrat said the real question to ask is what are the responsibilities of the local law enforcement compared to federal officers.

Once again. . . “the real question to ask is what are the responsibilities of the local law enforcement compared to federal officers.”, and. . .stop using that phrase [‘sanctuary city’], as it was intentionally divisive.”

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