A new Toomey for Senate campaign video begins with a clip of Kenney’s signing ceremony two weeks ago, before cutting to a clip of the junior Senator from PA showing his support for the Stop Sanctuary Policies and Protect Americans Act, also known as Kate’s Law.
“Sanctuary cities prevent you from grabbing the guy,” Toomey tells longtime FOX News host Bill O’Reilly. “As you know, the San Francisco police had the guy and when [the Department of Homeland Security] said ‘hold him for us, we want to get him,’ they said, ‘Oh no, we’re a sanctuary city,’ and they released him. In order to get him, you’ve got to end sanctuary cities.”
32-year-old Kate Steinle was shot and killed in July 2014 while walking along a San Francisco pier with her father. The suspect has been identified as an illegal Mexican immigrant with five previous deportations. San Francisco remains a sanctuary city.
Though Toomey’s efforts to pass legislation to punish sanctuary cities ultimately failed in a 54-45 vote in the Senate, immigration looks likely to be a key piece of his platform for re-election, allowing the incumbent to draw a stark contrast between himself and his challengers.
“The Democratic candidates for Senate continue their race to the extreme left in their primary, becoming more and more out of touch with Pennsylvania families,” Toomey campaign spokesman Ted Kwong said. “It’s disappointing that this new breed of Democrat is embracing sanctuary city policies, opposed by Ed Rendell and Michael Nutter, that protect suspected violent criminals and terrorists from proper authorities.”
Former PA Governor and Philly Mayor Rendell, who currently serves as the chairman of Katie McGinty’s campaign, was careful in qualifying his support for Kenney’s decision to make the City of Brotherly Love a sanctuary city.
“If I were Mayor, I wouldn’t do it. I think we should obey the law and remember, it’s the Obama Administration that’s enforcing the deportation laws,” Rendell said. “However, Jim Kenney has been, for the longest time, even going back to when I was Mayor, he’s been an advocate for making Philadelphia a more attractive place for immigrants to come and settle and open up businesses.”