By Paul Burton

BOSTON (CBS) – In light of President Donald Trump’s decision to send Border Patrol agents to “sanctuary” cities around the country, Democratic leaders campaigning across Massachusetts are speaking out.

Rep. Joe Kennedy III (WBZ-TV)

At the 34th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Brunch in Cambridge, Congressman Joe Kennedy said now is the time to take a stand. “The idea you that are just going to announce elite teams of — the equivalent of SWAT teams that are going to come into immigrant communities — it is based off of fear; it is based off of division; it is based off of hatred; and it is based off of a pure motive to scare community and divide,” he said.

On Friday, President Trump took aim at Democrats’ policies and announced that custom and border patrol agents are coming to sanctuary cities to support ICE agents. In Roxbury, Senator Ed Markey addressed the issue at a census and voter forum. “This action by Donald Trump is just a part of his new dictatorship sense of what he can do. Enemies lists, terrorizing immigrants and making our country less safe,” Markey said.

Sen. Ed Markey (WBZ-TV)

City and state leaders said President Trump’s move will spark more division and fear in communities rather than bring about unity and peace. Over the weekend, sanctuary cities like Boston said they will remain committed to immigrants and make sure everyone feels safe no matter where they come from.

“If you are an immigrant and you’re in Boston, just know there are many people who have your back who are going to stand up for you,” Markey said.

Paul Burton

Comments (2)
  1. Wise beyond Years says:

    They need to be specific. Are they committed to legal immigrants who openly follow the legal process to enter the country or do they mean they will support the continued influx of illegals, entering via the underground market,, sold on the black market, abused by employers and extortionists? Putting legal citizens in jeopardy with crime, rising housing costs, and healthcare resources being stretched beyond usefulness, as legal immigrants and citizens are put at the bottom of the list. Do they support defying the law?, the Constitution and corrupting the police force?

  2. doc538 says:

    They are talking about Illegal Aliens, who else ? nobody is attacking LEGAL Immigrants. These two need to be replaced ASAP. Markey is a lifer sucking the blood out of our country and Joe is just ignorant spewing hatred. Trump is trying to save our country and protect it’s citizens but Democrats just can’t see it..Keep it up and Boston (where I grew up a democrat) will be like SF, LA. Sad

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