SUPPORTING OUR IMMIGRANTS
I support America’s tradition as a nation that welcomes “your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.”
I value and support and the immigrants in our Commonwealth. They are our friends and neighbors. Many recent immigrants already fill key roles in our economy; they help our aging parents, build our houses, make our food, care for our children, fix our cars and program our computers.
Although we as a state cannot change federal immigration law, we control and define who we want to be as a community. Diversity is our strength. Hard work by immigrants -- from day laborers to tech CEOs -- is and will always be the backbone of our society. We can change the conversation and raise our voices above those who want to scapegoat immigrants for political gain.
When he should be speaking out and standing up for our communities, Governor Baker has rejected Syrian refugees, avoided the protests on the Muslim ban, called for using police to support ICE, and rejected Safe Communities policies. I would use the office to stand up for our valued immigrant members of our communities.
We need to protect immigrants from exploitation and maintain their trust. This will enable us to work with immigrant communities to protect public safety and to fight and solve crime in their neighborhoods.
Except for our fellow citizens who trace their heritage to our Native American populations, we all trace our origins to immigrants. This is what has made our country strong.
As Governor I will:
Advocate for the Safe Communities Act
Support all local referenda that implement Safe Communities Act protections
Refuse to use immigrants as scapegoats to create division and fear
Oppose using our local and state law enforcement officers to enforce civil detainers from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
Welcome refugees, especially those from war torn countries like Syria
Make sure immigrants have full legal support
Go after employers who abuse immigrants, underpaying or threatening them
Work to maintain trust and protect public safety in immigrant communities.