November 13, 2015
THIS WILL DRIVE the enablers of the undocumented nuts: On a key "immigration" issue, Bernie Sanders and I hold an identical view - and mine's been on the table for nine years. Bern and Byko - perfect together! Like it or not, "immigration" is part of our national debate and is already part of the presidential debate. I use "immigration" in quotes because I notice the media has all but dropped the word "illegal" when discussing "immigrants" who are here without papers. That is Politically Correct and designed to blur the distinction between legal and illegal behavior.
October 26, 2015 |
Fidel Napier made it out of Camden, often called America's poorest and most dangerous city, only to end up in a country where the water sometimes cuts out and he fears for his safety when he leaves the house. Almost six months have passed since federal authorities took Napier out of the Pennsauken home he shared with his wife and three kids, then left him in Jamaica, the country where he was born. Napier came to Camden at age 5 but never became a U.S. citizen. He was deported July 30 because of a 1998 drug conviction that labeled him a high-priority candidate.
August 1, 2015 |
Fidel Napier, a Pennsauken man from Jamaica who was targeted for deportation because of a 1998 drug conviction, was forced to return to his native country Thursday, his wife said. Napier, who grew up in Camden, was flown to Jamaica by federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents, said his wife, Kiyonna. Since May, the family had been working to try to prevent his deportation by submitting letters from community members on his behalf, asking local political leaders for help, and appealing to federal authorities.
July 10, 2015
ONLY AN IMBECILE would deny that 32-year-old Kathryn Steinle would be alive today if San Francisco were not a sanctuary city. Stubborn, self-righteous city leaders enabled Steinle's death by turning loose five-times-deported Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, 56, with seven felony convictions, knowing the feds wanted him. The same thing would happen in Philadelphia under our sanctuary city rules. The city will not change its policy of not cooperating with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, a city spokesman told me. A spokeswoman for Democratic mayoral candidate Jim Kenney said he would keep the same policy, while Republican mayoral candidate Melissa Murray Bailey told me, "We cannot ignore a federal law" and doing so puts Philadelphians at risk.
May 10, 2015 |
Since Homeland Security agents took Kiyonna Napier's husband, Fidel, into custody this week, her days have been consumed by scrambling to make sure the couple's three children get to school in the mornings - a responsibility her husband always handled. At night, Fidel Napier calls from Newark, N.J., where he is being held as federal authorities prepare to deport him to Jamaica, and talks briefly with her and their children. "I just keep praying, keep hoping something will change," Kiyonna Napier said Friday from her Pennsauken home.
May 7, 2015 |
Fidel Napier left home early Monday to drop off his daughter at school, his wife said. When he returned to his Pennsauken home, agents from the Department of Homeland Security were there to take him into custody. Napier, 37, had been waiting for that moment for months, since learning he would be deported to his native Jamaica because of a 1998 drug conviction. The agents allowed him to call his wife, Kiyonna, who raced home from work to say goodbye. "They wouldn't let me touch him or anything," Kiyonna Napier said Tuesday.
January 17, 2015 |
Angela Navarro, the Honduran mother who in November took sanctuary in a West Kensington church, challenging immigration authorities to remove her, has won a reprieve from deportation. "I am so happy. I still can't believe it," she said Thursday. She praised God, her family, and friends, who along with clergy and some elected officials in Philadelphia supported her campaign of open defiance against an immigration court's decade-old order to expel her. In a fax to Navarro's lawyer, Patricia Camuzzi Luber, the federal office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Philadelphia cited "prosecutorial discretion" in halting the deportation for at least two years.
December 16, 2014 |
A Norris Square church staged a version of a Latin American posada Sunday, reenacting the biblical story of Mary and Joseph's search for lodging in Bethlehem before the birth of Jesus. But tradition was tweaked a bit because Honduran immigrant Angela Navarro had been living for nearly a month in sanctuary in the West Kensington Ministry church. "It's a self-contained posada ," said the Rev. John Olenick, explaining that the ceremony did not follow the tradition of going door to door in the neighborhood.
November 23, 2014 |
At a gathering called "Chant Down the Walls," members of Juntos, a social-justice group for Latino immigrants, gathered in the crisp morning air Friday outside the Immigration and Customs Enforcement field office. They shouted "Si se puede" - "Yes We Can" in Spanish - sang, and waved flags from Latin American countries, one day after President Obama announced he was taking executive action to change immigration policy. Many in the crowd sang along with musicians playing guitars and the wooden box drum called a cajon . Erika Almiron, executive director of Juntos, said the rally of about 60 people was in support of immigrants being detained in the ICE headquarters.
November 22, 2014 |
Listening to the president's words Thursday night, Belinda Holguin of South Philadelphia began to cry, knowing firsthand the life-changing impact his historic action could have on millions of families. Her parents were undocumented workers from Mexico when they were granted legal status under the amnesty act of 1986 - a change, she said, that allowed them to find better jobs, send their three children to better schools, and buy a home. "It really pushed us into the middle class," said Holguin, one of about three dozen people who crammed into Taquitos de Puebla in South Philadelphia for a viewing party during the speech.