The Trump administration has been looming over SXSW this year — there was a well-attended discussion titled “A Conversation With the Failing New York Times” and a tech rally for Planned Parenthood, for example. And on Saturday, March 11th, Philly got the opportunity to weigh in on the administration’s controversial immigration policies.
Mayor Kenney sat on a panel titled, “Building Bridges When Other Want to Build Walls” along with fellow panelists Mayor Gonzales of Santa Fe and Kate Brick from the New American Economy, a national coalition of business leaders and mayors. They tackled questions about the current climate for immigrants in the United States and how we can all do our part to support these individuals.
To support immigrants in our community, Kenney said, “Be nice to people. They’re not illegal aliens. They’re not from outer space. They’re human beings.” He added: “If you participate in giving a bully more support, then you are a bully too.”
Read the full story from Philadelphia Magazine: “SXSW Day 2: Mayor Kenney Keeps It Real on Immigration.”