PHILADELPHIA – Mayor Kenney issued the following statement on President Trump’s executive order that caused two Syrian families to be denied entry to the United States upon arrival at PHL Airport. The executive order is expected to cause several more immigrants to be turned away from PHL in the days to come. This order is carried out by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol, in an area of PHL Airport that is controlled by U.S. Customs Border Patrol; airport personnel have no authority in this area.”I am sickened by reports that federal officials, without knowledge or cooperation of PHL Airport staff, detained and then turned away two Syrian families. By several accounts, these families waited months to obtain the proper documentation so they could come to our country legally. And still, they were sent back to a war-torn nation that has used chemical warfare against its own people. The Trump administration very well may have just given these families a death sentence.Banning immigrants and
History has taught us that dark moments like this occur when we allow fear to silence our compassion and better judgement. Our city has welcomed approximately 260 refugees in recent years from these now-banned nations. We must speak out strongly against this executive order so that these new Philadelphian friends and families can also find safe harbor in the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection.”
Mayor Kenney Spoke at City’s Commemoration for 50th Anniversary of Kwanzaa
The Mayor accepted the symbols of Kwanzaa on behalf of Philadelphia to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the holiday. It was a wonderful experience celebrating Kawanzaa with a siting Mayor who is Irsh and fully accepting to other cultures. Mayor Kenney even took the time to sing with our very own Purple Queen.