WILMINGTON, MA — Below is an op-ed written by 19th Middlesex State Representative candidate Dave Robertson (D-Wilmington):
Recently folks who opened up their local paper, or made a trip to their mailbox, might have noticed an attack ad against me. It’s flashy and obviously took lots of time and plenty of out-of-district money. Now, I am not bothered by attacks, as the democratic process is about holding people accountable, but what I am bothered by, as are many other voters, is when an attack ad is built upon a lie. My opponent assumes that district voters are naive and that they are incapable of seeing past a cherry-picked and modified quote regarding a hot-button issue. This is something the democratic process cannot abide.
Since day one, I have always stood against sanctuary cities, drivers licenses for people here illegally, and even much-discussed idea of giving voting rights to any resident regardless of citizenship. In fact, in terms of candidates, I have taken the most outspoken stances against people who have broken our immigration laws and I am the only one who has commented towards any sort of plan the federal government could take to solve this (I am a fan of one similar to one Ronald Reagan enacted). Other than my own, not one comment has been made by other candidates on drivers licenses nor voting rights for those evading our immigration laws. So where did this current “ICE is disgraceful” attack upon yours truly stem from? Well, it surgically removed from this larger and more cohesive quote, published by me, in the Wilmington Apple. It reads as follows:
“ICE is unbelievably broken and disgraceful when compared to itself years ago”
To me, ICE is in need of reform; not abolition, nor reduction. ICE needs further investment and an immediate change for the better. I believe in calling on our federal officials to fund ICE to to the required levels, to not lose account of 1,475 children, to alleviate the crippling backlogs. These pragmatic views are not opposing ICE, in fact it is promoting ICE. It is raising the bar. I would now like to ask my opponent if she thinks ICE has been doing as good as a job as it did prior. It is acceptable to lose children? Are the backlogs measured in years evidence of an organization that has the support it deserves? Are we really okay with that as a nation, state, and community? Apparently it is better to settle and ignore glaring issues and needless bureacracy, rather than examining an agency to promote successful practices. I believe in changing failing policy and creating more efficient processes. I hope this same mindset of “all is well” doesn’t follow to their stances on the RMV, MBTA, or State Police.
That being said; let’s look at the most important quotes of my response, this time not shortened to serve a false agenda.
- “I believe that Massachusetts will harm itself as a sanctuary state”
- “People who came here legally are Americans, and it is our duty to welcome them and support them”
- “I believe businesses should be imposed to strict penalties for hiring folks illegally and that we should also not grant drivers licenses”
- “I also stand strongly against any local ordinances that would grant people living illegally the right to vote”
Don’t be fooled folks, I have lived and worked among these towns for nearly three decades. I know what you want, and will always vote to represent your beliefs and, most importantly, I will always represent the truth to you.
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