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Let’s Help Legal Immigrants and Prosecute the Criminals

October 13, 2018

When we hear all the stories of families at the border and children being separated it pulls at your heart strings. When children are brought here and this is the only country they know, it also pulls at our heart strings. We want to help the unfortunate, that is what we do. However, when we take a second look at Safe Communities Act we see a different story. The name sounds benign -- who wouldn’t want a safe community? However, this act would tie the hands of our law enforcement officers and not allow them to protect us from criminals that are also here illegally.

Our legislature wants us to think that they did something good by voting for a sanctuary state (i.e., safe community). As a first-generation immigrant I urge you to reconsider and vote them out. They do not have our best interest in mind. They would rather protect the criminal than protect us the voter.

Our nature as a nation is to help those in need. We are not against the hard-working father or mother coming here because they are persecuted in their home country or an immigrant who applies and takes their turn in the line; we are, however, against the criminal who is hiding under our noses. Police should be able to check the person’s background and take appropriate action even if this requires working with Immigration officers.

A vote for sanctuary state will give those criminals protections that many of us law-abiding immigrants, residents and citizens are not afforded.

I have worked to bring funding for refugees and immigrants to help individuals become citizens and to apply to fix their immigration status. I have worked on helping those with temporary protected status stay legal. These are hard-working immigrants, and we should help them. But we should not be giving criminals a sanctuary.

ELMER EUBANKS

Candidate for State Representative

3rd Worcester District:

Fitchburg and Lunenburg B

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