Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney is taking on U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey and saying the Republican’s criticism of his city’s sanctuary status is fearmongering pulled from Donald Trump’s anti-immigrant playbook.
Kenney’s shot at Toomey on Tuesday comes a day before the U.S. Senate is scheduled to vote on a Toomey bill that would withhold certain federal grants from sanctuary cities.
Toomey, who is using Philadelphia’s sanctuary city status as a wedge issue against Democratic challenger Katie McGinty in his bid for second term, said policies like Philadelphia’s make it harder to stop terrorism.
But Kenney, a Democrat, said Toomey’s claims about Philadelphia are inaccurate.
Philadelphia cooperates with the federal government in cases where terrorism is suspected, federal charges are filed or serious felonies are committed, Kenney said.