Republican Council candidate appeals to immigration fears with mail
In the lead-up to election day, mailboxes across the city are overflowing with 11th hour campaign mailers, a lot of them from candidates running in the contested City Council at-large race. So far there’s been a lot of mudslinging against incumbent Councilmen David Oh and Dennis O’Brien. But there’s some issue-specific literature out there as well.
Dan Tinney, one of five Republicans in the at-large race, has taken to mailboxes with a last-minute appeal to immigration fears. The mailer begins by assuring you that what follows is not anti-immigrant in nature.
Tinney goes on to advocate for restored cooperation between the Philadelphia Police Department and Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Currently, if an undocumented person is charged with a crime, the PPD isn’t required to alert immigration officials. ICE stills tracks and deports violent offenders — even if all they did wrong was get into a fist fight — but Tinney apparently believes we aren’t doing enough.
It’s a common enough position for both the local and the national Republican party. But what’s odd is that “Dan’s plan” for the city as listed on his official campaign website doesn’t make a single mention of immigration. On side two of the mailer, in lieu of actual statistics about immigration and crime in Philadelphia, Tinney includes a bullet list about unrelated agenda points.
Why suddenly get on the stump about ICE holds? How many of these mailers were sent out, and where? This one was passed along to AL DÍA from a West Philadelphia resident. Unfortunately, phone calls to Tinney’s office were not immediately returned in time for this article.