MIRA Congratulates Election Winners and Stresses Moving Integration Forward

President should now fulfill his promise and take immediate and extensive executive action on immigration

November 5, 2014 BOSTON —The Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition extends warm congratulations to Massachusetts Governor Elect Charlie Baker and all the newly elected officials in Massachusetts, including Attorney General-elect Maura Healey, Treasurer-elect Deb Goldberg, and the 6th District's new Congressman, Seth Moulton.

"From Charlie Baker's repeated outreach into urban immigrant centers during the campaign, to his gracious election victory speech last night, we believe that the governor-elect has demonstrated his belief in building a productive relationship with the state's one million foreign-born residents," said Eva Millona, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition. "The extraordinary diversity in our immigrant population points to many areas where we can work immediately with Mr. Baker to better integrate immigrants, from supporting small immigrant businesses to expediting licensing procedures for health care professionals. And we look forward to working together on all our budgetary and legislative priorities — such as the Safe Driving Bill and Trust Act — to make sure the state continues to be a national leader in the economic, linguistic and civic integration of our vital and vibrant immigrants communities."

Area election results underscored voters' belief in cooperation, as well. Candidates like Scott Brown fell short with the divisive politics used in his New Hampshire Senate Campaign, which the Washington Post editorial board characterized as "scaring the bejesus out of voters, portraying the border as wide open to Ebola, terrorists (read: the Islamic State) — and, oh yes, illegal immigrants, too." Likewise, 6th District Congressional candidate Richard Tisei was not helped by his alarmist calls to send the Massachusetts National Guard to defend the U.S.-Mexico border, nor by his support of a bill to more quickly and easily deport traumatized Central American children fleeing violence, whom he repeatedly characterized as "illegals."

"Now that the election is over, the best way to move forward nationally is for President Obama to quickly fulfill his promise to take administrative action, to the extent he can, to relieve the problems of our broken immigration system until Congress acts," Ms Millona continued. "Obviously, the national election results suggest the President miscalculated by delaying this longstanding promise. He should now take the opportunity to put this issue behind us by offering widespread, sensible and humane relief, for the betterment of our economy, communities, and nation."