Says Governor Baker Should Make Clear That He Will Not Authorize National Guard To Round Up Immigrants If President Trump Seeks To Do So In Massachusetts


NEEDHAM – Friday, February 17, 2017 – The following is a statement from Jay Gonzalez, Democrat for Governor, on today’s Associated Press report that President Donald Trump is considering calling up the National Guard to round up undocumented immigrants. While Massachusetts is not mentioned in the memo, Gonzalez believes it’s important for our Governor to make clear that Massachusetts would not participate in any such plan now or in the future.

“Immigrants in our country are under attack by President Trump. Now more than ever, we need a Governor who is going to stand up for every single person and make it crystal clear that hate and discrimination will not be tolerated,” Gonzalez said.

“I call on Governor Baker to make clear that Massachusetts will not participate if President Trump seeks to authorize the National Guard to round up undocumented immigrants in Massachusetts. Massachusetts has always stood for the values of inclusion, diversity, and compassion, and Governor Baker should reassure our immigrant families today that he would not allow our National Guard to serve as an arm of President Trump’s deportation forces.”