Protecting Immigrants

League of Women Voters of Massachusetts asked State Rep candidates in the 15th Middlesex to respond, in 500 characters or fewer, for their upcoming Voter’s Guide.

What actions should the legislature take to protect immigrants and their families?

The true source of our greatness is in the diversity of our people. Immigrants and refugees are integral parts of our community, social fabric, and economy. I support the Safe Communities Act: we should uphold constitutional protections for all residents and we shouldn’t allow state resources to be co-opted by federal enforcement. I encourage the creation of higher education opportunities for undocumented youth and programs for immigrants and naturalized citizens to become engaged in civic life.

Photo credit: Mary Ann’s great grandparents, circa 1914