Daryl Metcalfe’s Bad Religion

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Let’s give this to Daryl Metcalfe: If you wanted to create a religious-right bogeyman that almost perfectly fit the fevered nightmares of liberals, he’d pretty closely fit the bill.

Metcalfe is the Pennsylvania Republican probably best known for silencing openly gay Rep. Brian Sims on the House floor last year because Sims’ comments in favor of gay marriage would’ve been “against God’s law.”

“I’m a Christian,” Metcalfe said at the time. “Based on the command of Jesus Christ, of Almighty God, I love my fellow man. I work to protect their liberties.”

Unless, of course, his fellow man is an immigrant. Or somebody trying to help an immigrant. Or, worse yet, someone trying to help an immigrant child. Then Metcalfe’s love somehow disappears.

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Darryl Metcalfe Moves to Block Immigrant Children from Pennsylvania

You’ve probably heard by now about all those immigrant children who have arrived at America’s southern border this year. Rep. Darryl Metcalfe has, and he wants Pennsylvania to have nothing to do with them. So he’s proposing a bill that would threaten the state license of any care facility that houses any such children in cooperation with federal officials. There are hundreds of such children being housed in the state.

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Activists: Immigration Enforcement Shifting to Philly Suburbs

Immigration authorities have moved the bulk of their enforcement activities to the suburbs since Mayor Nutter ended cooperation with the feds during the spring, an immigrant-rights group reports.

“In some counties ICE (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement) meets with the district attorney twice per week,” said Jasmine Rivera, lead organizer for Juntos, a Philadelphia immigrant-rights organization. “In Chester county the juvenile court system reports all undocumented juveniles to ICE. Driver’s license check-points are used to identify undocumented immigrants. And we have noticed an increase of arrests in the suburbs of Philadelphia, where there are no ICE hold policies”
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Lancaster County to Host Refugee Center

More than 300 refugees — from Burma, Cuba, Somalia, and Bhutan — settled in Lancaster County during the first six months of 2014; now plans are under way to create a permanent refugee center in the county. The center would be located at Reynolds Middle School in Lancaster; the children of refugees account for 8 percent of the student body there. The Lancaster County Refugee Coalition is overseeing efforts. Read more »

Pa. Republicans Now Afraid Immigrant Kids Are Gang Members

Remember when Gov. Tom Corbett worried that immigrant kids coming north from drug-war-torn countries south of the border might bring diseases with them? Remember how he was really silly to think so?

Well that kind of “let’s needlessly panic the masses about immigrants” leadership just may end up looking like the good old days. Soon.

The Patriot-News reports that Pennsylvania Republicans are now expressing concern that these young immigrants are actually … gang members.

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Interview: Adam Solow on the Immigration Crisis

Adam Solow, by Dan Doran Photgraphy.

Adam Solow, by Dan Doran Photgraphy.

The debate over illegal immigration has taken a new turn in recent months, as thousands of unaccompanied children from Central America have appeared at the U.S. border — presenting officials here with challenges on how and whether to deport them, and how to humanely hold and track them while awaiting processing.

The crisis has reached into Pennsylvania. Some children have family in the state and are sent here while waiting process. And the federal government, after all, operates only one immigrant family detention center, in Berks County — but it can only house 96 people at most, and only for weeks or months at a time. There’s also been talk of opening a new center in Hazelton, Pa. The whole situation is increasingly becoming a political hot potato in Washington D.C.

Adam Solow is a Philadelphia immigration attorney who has seen the crisis begin to manifest itself in his practice. He spoke to Philly Mag recently about the situation. Some excerpts:

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