State of Massachusetts secondary Archives: on Foreign Policy

Jay Gonzalez: Recognize Syrian refugees and others in need

President Trump's unconstitutional Muslim travel bans and increased raids to detain and deport immigrants have been particularly harsh, disruptive and fear-provoking for immigrant communities across the country and across Massachusetts.

The first piece of legislation I supported as a candidate for Governor was the Safe Communities Act. Among other things, this legislation would make clear that state and local law enforcement resources may be used only to enforce state and local laws- not to enforce federal immigration laws.

And long before Donald Trump, Governor Baker failed to stand up against hate and discrimination time and time again. It's not ok. It's not who we are. If I'm your Governor, it will not matter what color you are; what you believe; whether you just came to this country or you are a Native American; whether you are a Syrian refugee; or whether you are transgender--I see you. I believe in you. And as your Governor, I would work for you.

Source: 2018 Massachusetts gubernatorial campaign website Dec 12, 2017

John Kingston: Work against rogue states; support Israel

I remain concerned about the dangerous inclinations of rogue states such as North Korea, Iran, and Syria. I would support efforts to work with our allies and others to ensure that the ability of those who wish us harm is greatly curbed. I favor continued military assistance to Israel to enhance and ensure its ability to defend itself, and I oppose efforts to isolate and harass Israel in forums such as the United Nations.
Source: 2018 Massachusetts Senatorial website Oct 15, 2017

Allen Waters: Supports Israel and settler movement

I am pro-Israel and strongly condemn the United Nations Security Council vote against Israel's settlement construction in the West Bank. Elizabeth Warren supported the UN Security Vote, and therefore does not stand with our strongest, and perhaps our only real ally in the region.
Source: 2018 Massachusetts Senate campaign website Jul 17, 2017

Bob Massie: Fought apartheid in South Africa

Q: You were so often ahead of the curve when it came to ethical issues--you stormed out of your Princeton eating club because they wouldn't allow women or minorities; you fought apartheid in South Africa. You've always been very interested in race and equality--you got to meet Muhammad Ali and Nelson Mandela. Any other influential meetings?

A: Desmond Tutu. I got to meet him several times. He was actually quite joyful--even when threatened with assassination, nothing crushed his spirit. Once I sat down with him in his office--he was the Archbishop of Cape Town. He put his hands on my head and said a long blessing in Xhosa. When he finished, he sat back down and said, `I know you didn't understand what I said but let me assure you it was a beautiful blessing, and besides, it's the language they speak in heaven.'

Source: Time Magazine on 2018 Massachusetts governor race May 15, 2012

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