Wednesday, July 4, 2018

From reporter Mitch Perry, quote from his news article: “Stop using divisive term ‘sanctuary city’ Kathy Castor tells immigration advocates.”

Learn more about the quote above, and where it was cited, in the blog post that follows.

So far. So good.

The media and press here in Palm Beach County (including The Palm Beach Post, which is worth noting) is avoiding that “divisive term”.

And heading into the August 28th Primary and November 6th General Election later this year politicians seeking office here in Palm Beach County are avoiding that term as well.

Ever since April 2017 the term “sanctuary city” has been mostly eliminated from the press’ lexicon. Prior to that point in time that “divisive term” was thrown around like cheap confetti in the press and news media, especially concerning the City of Lake Worth and the Town of Jupiter.

What happened last April to change all that?

It was because of a news article published by Mitch Perry at SaintPetersBlog (see below) and “Kathy Castor” was quoted in the article. Castor is the Democrat U.S. Rep. for Florida’s 14th congressional district since 2007.

Why is this important? Because the City of Lake Worth and the Town of Jupiter in Florida ARE NOT and NEVER WERE a “sanctuary city” despite what anyone said to the contrary. 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 unfortunate 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. . . !

Local reporters last year cleverly tried to make the case (A  +  B  =  C) for their readers that the opposite was 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:

“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.”