WILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Apple is asking weekly questions to the seven candidates running in contested primaries for the Wilmington/Tewksbury State Representative seat (19th Middlesex).
Below, in his own words, are the responses to this week’s questions from candidate Mike McCoy (D-Wilmington).
#5a) How big a problem is illegal immigration in Massachusetts? What, if anything, should the legislature be doing to curb illegal immigration?
If you’re not a Native American, your ancestors were immigrants. America was “The Great Melting Pot”. Our country was built by immigrants. In fact my grandfather, Vincenzo Miceli, immigrated here from Sicily. My other three grandparents were all born here, but their parents were not. Nothing was handed to them and they worked very hard and rightfully earned everything they had. Responsible immigration is a good thing. It would be hypocritical of me to believe or say anything else. During the early 1900’s most of the immigrant population were from Europe. They came into this country through Ellis Island in New York. There they were detained, had their papers checked and were carefully screened for infectious diseases.
In the post-World War II era, the immigration laws were revised. Immigrants needed sponsors. Sponsors were responsible for the financial well-being of the person coming to our shores. Immigrants needed to have skills deemed necessary to the American economic engine. Back then and now there has always been and continues to be constitutionally guaranteed refuge for those people suffering from persecution and fearing for the lives of themselves and family members.
While I believe immigration is an American cornerstone principle, it does need an adjective preceding it; that word is “Responsible”. Any sovereign nation needs borders. The country owes it to its citizens to deter open borders and ensure that people entering our country are doing so in a responsible manner. Our country is 30 trillion dollars in debt. That debt is growing daily at an an alarming rate. Compassion has to take a back seat to logic. This is unsustainable. Many of undocumented immigrants require public assistance in the forms of welfare payments, public housing assistance, EBT cards and healthcare. Additionally, the taxpayer has to shoulder the responsibilities to educate the children of undocumented immigrants and provide the additional infrastructure to support the increase in population.
Diseases once believed to be eradicated including TB, smallpox, measles, polio, mumps, whooping cough, scarlet fever and even bubonic plague are making their way back into America due to the influx of undocumented immigrants. Remember Ellis Island where people were detained, carefully screened and checked for infectious diseases? This now constitutes a very serious threat to the American population. It is a clear and present danger.
America has always been and will continue to be a compassionate and accepting nation. Most of the undocumented immigrants are good hard-working people who want the “American Dream” for themselves and their families. No one can fault them for that. However, now is the time to examine and reform our immigration policies for the greater good of America and her citizens.
#5b) Do you support or oppose Massachusetts becoming a sanctuary state?
I oppose Massachusetts becoming a sanctuary state. We are a nation of laws. Cities should not be able to pick and choose which ones they wish to follow. If mayors of certain cities in Massachusetts wish to grant sanctuary to undocumented immigrants, technically the mayors are breaking the law. They are aiding and abetting undocumented immigrants.
#6) Do you consider yourself a pro-choice candidate or a pro-life candidate? Under what circumstances, if any, should abortion be legal?
Roe v. Wade, 410 U.S.113 is a landmark decision issued in 1973 by the United States Supreme Court on the issue of the constitutionality of laws that criminalized or restricted access to abortions. The court ruled 7-2 that a right to privacy under the due process clause of the 14th Amendment extended to a woman’s decision to have an abortion. Accordingly the legality of the abortion issue is settled law. Future decisions of the legality of abortions will be made by the U.S. Supreme Court, not by Beacon Hill.
Like everyone in America, I have a position on the abortion issue. However, if I am elected to the office of state representative, my job is not to advance my personal agenda and issues; it is to represent you and your concerns. I believe that abortion is an individual decision that is driven by one’s beliefs and conscience. My position on this issue is irrelevant, so says the United States Supreme Court.
Bonus “Fun” Question: How are you spending your Fourth of July?
After going to the festivities on the Town Common during the day, I will be spending the Fourth of July evening in my family room with my family, Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops.
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