( – promoted by Rob “EaBo Clipper” Eno)
In Massachusetts, state Rep. Shaunna O’Connell (R-Taunton) said, “The president himself has said numerous times he does not have the authority to do this. He’s trying to wrap this amnesty in a pretty little package like he did Obamacare.”
State Sen.-elect Ryan Fattman, R-Sutton, said the president’s actions, which would grant work permits to undocumented immigrants, is unfair to those immigrants who have followed the legal process.
He called for the state to tighten its residency requirements for public benefit programs, which he said are “incentives for unlawful immigration.” Rather than grant amnesty and give undocumented immigrants a chance to become citizens, Fattman said immigration reform should instead focus on border security.
“Immigration reform that concentrates on securing our borders and ports is essential to making sure dangerous, unlawful immigrants cannot re-enter the U.S. after deported,” he said.
Thomas Hodgson, Shaunna O’Connell again, and Keiko Orall:
The Bay State Republican said President Barack Obama’s decision to take executive action on a list of immigration issues means little without a secure border. He insists border security should be the nation’s top priority.
“The pipe is filling up at the other end because you’re not closing it off,” he said Friday. “That was nothing but a political football what he did last night. He did absolutely nothing to move forward the plan of immigration reform.”
State Rep. Keiko Orrall, R-Lakeville, would have liked to see the process work differently.
“The federal government needs to work together to deal with immigration and it is unfortunate that the president has decided to go it alone,” Orrall said. “This is not how democracy is supposed to work.”