Mike has always stood strong in defense of our immigrant communities and he will never stop.
President Trump’s nasty and mean-spirited approach to immigration makes it more important than ever that we raise our voices in opposition to his policies. The United States is and must remain a land of hope and opportunity as well as a refuge for the oppressed.
Throughout our history, immigrants have strengthened and enriched our nation. In the 19th century, refugees from failed European revolutions became staunch Abolitionists and fought in the Union Army. In the 20th century, men and women fleeing poverty helped create our labor movement. “Enemy aliens” from Germany and Italy, like Albert Einstein and Enrico Fermi, helped defeat the Axis. More than one third of the Nobel Prizes held by Americans were won by citizens born elsewhere. 43% of today’s Fortune 500 firms were founded by immigrants or children of immigrants.
The idea that most immigrants commit crimes, abuse public benefits, or, as President Trump has said, are “snakes” who will kill us once we have taken them into our homes is simply wrong. It is an ignorant and hateful distortion of our history. Mike has always stood strong in defense of our immigrant communities and he will never stop. President Trump’s nasty and mean-spirited approach to immigration makes it more important than ever that we raise our voices in opposition to his policies.
As a member of the city council, Mike wrote the City of Somerville’s first Sanctuary City ordinance. As Mayor of Somerville, he set new policing standards by hiring bilingual officers to meet the needs of a multicultural population. As a U.S. Representative, Mike has long supported the Dream Act, and prioritized constituent services to immigrants and refugee families.
Mike wrote the City of Somerville’s first Sanctuary City ordinance when he was a member of the city council. As Mayor of Somerville, he hired bilingual police officers, fluent in Spanish, Portuguese and Haitian-Creole. Mayor Mike established the Taskforce on Racism and Violence, which fostered mutual respect among the city’s newest and long-time residents. Mike himself is the grandson of immigrants from Italy and Ireland.
In Congress, Mike has long supported the Dream Act. He is working hard to protect the “dreamers”, individuals brought here to the United States as children by their parents. He is also working to preserve Temporary Protected Status for Central Americans and Haitians. Many of these individuals have been in the United States for almost two decades, are parents of U.S. citizen children and contributing members of our economy and society. The Trump Administration pulled the rug out from under them for no compelling reason. They should be welcomed, not tossed out and forced to start over in countries they may not have spent time in for decades. Mike is determined to prevent deportations when possible. He seeks to protect individuals and families who are at risk as a result of President Trump’s Executive Orders, which are essentially “Muslim bans”.
Mike works closely with and has been honored by many organizations dedicated to serving newcomers, including the Boston Center for Refugee Health and Human Rights.
Mike is proud to represent immigrants and refugees from many countries. He assists our great universities, research institutions and teaching hospitals as well as the knowledge-based industries that flourish in association with them to attract and retain many of the world’s most talented people. One of the priorities of Mike’s office is constituent services ranging from refugee family reunification to support for “aliens of extraordinary ability” eager to work in Greater Boston. Mike works closely with and has been honored by many organizations dedicated to serving newcomers, including the Boston Center for Refugee Health and Human Rights.