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March 29, 2014 / stacieshap

Immigration

UnknownAlthough not all of the democratic candidates for Governor have offered an official immigration policy as of yet,  they’ve all stated support for some type of immigration reform in one way or another. Below I’ve shared some information that should help in determining the candidates positions, but first be sure to read the following op-ed by guest blogger Clark Taylor.

OP-ED:

WHERE THE CANDIDATES STAND:

  •  From the SEIU Debate:

Mass. Governor candidates air views in labor forum – by Martin Desmarais 3/19/14

On the topic of immigration, all candidates agreed that the federal government needs to get over its gridlock on immigration reform and work together for a solution for the country, though all acknowledged this was not likely to happen soon. At the state level for Massachusetts, the candidates’ immigration discussion focused on two issues: allowing undocumented immigrants to get a driver’s license and in-state tuition for undocumented immigrants. All candidates supported both measures, although Attorney General Coakley skirted supporting standard driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants saying it was important to think about if there should be a distinction in the licenses issued. Grossman continued into the second week of his campaign to call Coakley out on her stance. “I would like to invite the attorney general to join the rest of us and say, ‘I support driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants,’” he said. “Nobody should be driving in this Commonwealth without a driver’s license, without insurance. It is a public safety issue.” Overall, support for immigration was strong among the Democratic candidate for governor.”   

Don Berwick:

“They need to be respected and I am absolutely committed to that. This is what made our country great — our diversity — the people among us who come from tremendously different backgrounds, who bring a wealth of their knowledge and their various forms of joy and commitment to their families and each other,” Berwick said. “And to turn our backs on people that are living with us is simply wrong.”

Martha Coakley:

  • Quote from Lexington Debate: article by ANDY METZGER

Attorney General Martha Coakley said if elected governor, she would sign legislation allowing in-state tuition rates for undocumented immigrants in Massachusetts, a reversal from her stance in 2010. “If and when that legislation ends up on my desk as Governor Coakley, I would sign it,” said Coakley.

Steve Grossman:

ARTICLES AND OTHER:

  • Lexington Debate – Open House w/ Jay Kaufman 1/16/14:  Watch Debate – Immigration Questions and Responses at 55:30

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