WILMINGTON, MA — At last month’s 19th Middlesex State Representative debate, candidates were asked about their thoughts on illegal immigration and sanctuary cities.
“I have always been a bold voice on saying NO to becoming a sanctuary state or sanctuary city,” said Pina Prinzivalli (R-Tewksbury). “You may hear my opponents say they’re against it, but I am the only candidate that has come out and said I’ll vote NO.”
“This district feels the effect of sanctuary cities because of Lawrence. Our Tewksbury Police has arrested multiple people here illegally trafficking heroin and fentanyl,” added Prinzivalli. “We really need to work together and put a stop to it. The Democratic party is the one pushing to make Massachusetts become a sanctuary state. I don’t think we need another Democrat in the House…”
“Back during the primary, this question was asked… Right off the bat, I said NO. I’m 100% against becoming a sanctuary state,” said Dave Robertson (D-Tewksbury). “I even went further and brought attention to the fact that there’s discussion of state IDs or licenses for folks here violating our national sovereignty by sneaking across the border. I went even further than that as I was the only one who brought up that, sometimes, people were discussing having [illegal immigrants] vote in local elections. I believe that’s very dangerous.”
“These folks have skirted the system. They’ve under-minded people who have spent tens of thousands of dollars, and spent sometimes decades working through the legal system,” added Robertson. “I’ve helped green card holders who pay taxes and live among us legally go through the system and have seen went illegal immigration does to undercut them…. It brings crime in. It’s how the guns flow south and the drugs flow north. I will never be for sanctuary states, cities, or helping those here illegally.”
“I’m not for sanctuary cities,” said Patricia Meuse (I-Tewksbury). “Illegal immigration is a hot topic. People feel you’re not compassionate or loving enough to these people, but we’re a place bound by laws. This is how we live, by laws. You need to obey them. And if you don’t obey them, then there’s consequences. If people are here on a green card and need help, then we’ll find them that help. But if you come here illegally, let ICE do its job and send them home.”
Watch the debate, courtesy of Wilmington Community Television, below. Fast-foward to 21:50 for the discussion on illegal immigration.
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