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 her own words, are the responses to this week’s questions from candidate Erin Buckley (R-Tewksbury).
#5) How big a problem is illegal immigration in Massachusetts? What, if anything, should the legislature be doing to curb illegal immigration? Do you support or oppose Massachusetts becoming a sanctuary state?
Thankfully illegal immigration isn’t the problem in Massachusetts that it is in many other states — but that won’t always be the case if the pro-sanctuary state pushers get what they desire. Beyond the what-should-be-elementary-logic question of “Why would we reward those who commit a crime to get into our country?”, why is the Commonwealth spending money on illegal immigrants when we have our seniors and veterans suffering from housing and food insecurity — or just living as homeless? Where are the bleeding hearts for those citizens? Are they not headline news? Policy should never be beholden to fashion and lives should never be altered based on what is in vogue. The legislature should work to streamline the process for all law enforcement, state and municipal, to best work with ICE to identify and deport illegal immigrants. Alas, all we see is the opposite. This is a fight that cannot falter, without law AT our borders, we will soon have no laws INSIDE our borders.
#6) Do you consider yourself a pro-choice candidate or a pro-life candidate? Under what circumstances, if any, should abortion be legal?
I am unapologetically pro-life. Abortion as birth control is simply abhorrent. The greatest deceit ever foisted upon the youth of America was the rhetorical shift from infanticide to contraception. All of the former is only made worse, in some industrial bureaucratic amorality, by the usage of tax dollars to fund abortions. Now, if the mother’s life is in terminal danger, then allow her to make that decision, for herself as well as for her child. Such a decision is the very definition of a personal matter and the weight of such a decision reinforces the need for that choice to be possible.
BONUS FUN QUESTION: How are you spending your Fourth of July?
In honor of Independence Day, I will be both grilling and chilling. However, in honor of the passing of both Thomas Jefferson and John Adams (R.I.P. 7/4/1826), I will be quilling.
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