During this latest municipal election season, we saw divisive behavior that pitted candidates against each other instead of bringing people together to address the issues. Two years ago it was “Who’s corrupt?” this year it was “Who’s more progressive?”
No one knows or understands what the end of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals will look like, and fear is growing among 800,000 potentially deportable children and young adults across the United States and 7,800 of these American “Dreamers” locally.
Hundreds of thousands of refugees escaping war and natural disasters in Haiti, Honduras and El Salvador are in serious jeopardy of being sent home by the Trump administration and Department of Homeland Security.
The “Safe Communities Act” working its way through the Massachusetts Legislature is designed to do what its name suggests: Protect everyone in the community regardless of their citizenship status.
Regardless if Trump wins the presidential election, his candidacy has brought about a marked change in attitude toward immigrants – resulting in more hate crimes and racist language in the fight for the Islamic community to bury their dead in Western Massachusetts.
True, our way of life is under attack. But not by terrorists wanting a world Islamic caliphate. Rather, we are under attack by divisiveness promoted by those who seek high political office and are willing to exploit such events with this language.