OP-ED: State Senate’s Letter to President on Separating Children from Parents Seeking Asylum

{The following letter was provided by State Sen. Will Brownsberger, and was sent on behalf of the Massachusetts State Senate}

June 20, 2018

President Donald J. Trump
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

Dear President Trump,

We write to you as a united and bipartisan group of Massachusetts State Senators, to denounce the immoral policy of separating children from their parents when they seek asylum at the United States border with Mexico. We believe this policy is toxic to our reputation as a country and, most importantly, damaging to the families it impacts. This policy has already separated over 2,300 children from their families; the federal government has an affirmative duty to reunite every family that was separated by this policy. Further, rising public knowledge of this new un-American practice by your administration has created outrage and deep sorrow across our country. In a time when politics regarding immigration policy has become more divisive than ever, response to these actions has united Republicans, Democrats, independents, family advocates, and business groups – all calling for the common sense practice to keep families united.

Author Will Discuss U.S. Foreign Policy Under President Trump

Author and journalist Stephen Kinzer will speak about what kind of U.S. foreign policy we can expect under President Trump at an event at the Watertown Free Public Library. Event: U.S. Foreign Policy: Intervention or Restraint?: What can we expect from President Trump? Stephen Kinzer, author and journalist, will answer these questions when he discusses his new book The True Flag. The talk will be on Tuesday, February 21 at 7 p.m. at the Watertown Free Public Library, 123 Main St., Watertown. Stephen Kinzer is an award-winning foreign correspondent whose articles and books have led the Washington Post to place him “among the best in popular foreign policy storytelling.” He has written books about Central America, Rwanda, Turkey and Iran.

LETTER: Watertown Groups Denounce Trump’s Proposal on Muslims

To the Editor:

We write in strong support of people of the Muslim faith in Watertown, as well as Muslims across the nation. We are deeply disturbed by Donald Trump’s hostile outbursts, which are not only hurtful to Muslims, but an affront to all who value the founding principles of this country. The Puritans who established Watertown in 1630 risked their lives for religious freedom – precisely the freedom that Mr. Trump and other extremists are challenging today. By promoting the “Us vs. Them” perspective, Mr. Trump is fanning the flames of fear, and creating harmful divisions in the country, when in fact we should be coming together to support one another in these stressful times.