Originally Posted by jjv007
Do u think Philly softening or eliminating its sanctuary city status is the best way to get to more reasonable terms with Harrisburg at present?
There is a reason why basically every large city in America is a sanctuary city and it isn't because cities are full of bleeding hearts. Studies have shown that these policies allow people to be more cooperative with the police and makes the job for police that have to work in these communities that much easier. Simply put, most Philadelphia police not only think that immigration enforcement is not one of their duties, but that pushing such a job onto them makes many aspects of their job even more complicated.
Sanctuary Cities exist for a very practical reason. Violent criminals are already held by police for immigration enforcement, so the downside is enormously overstated. These protections exist so that regular people who haven't even committed a crime feel comfortable going to police for help and assisting them in criminal investigations without fear of deportation. Or if an immigrant commits a petty crime like accidentally running a stop sign, they're not afraid to be pulled over and receive a simple ticket. Whereas if sanctuary cities didn't exist, a minor violation such as that suddenly becomes an enormously impactful event where getting pulled over could mean being deported and being torn away from their family which could then cause such individuals to act desperately and do things such as get involved in dangerous chases etc.
So no. Absolutely not. There is no way we should eliminate our sanctuary city status to appease Harrisburg. It frankly has nothing to do with them. And if Philadelphians want their city to be a sanctuary city and that consensus is shared by the Police that protect us, why should we change anything? Why should we make the job even harder for Philadelphia Police, why should we make our communities more dangerous?
Harrisburg should provide more reasonable terms to Philadelphia because it's in everyone's best interests. That alone should be enough.