Originally posted on Citizen Orange.
Last Wednesday, Mass. State Rep. Ryan Fattman (R-Sutton) told the Worcester Telegram & Gazette that undocumented rape victims “should be afraid to come forward” to the police. Fattman’s comments were a reaction to the [In]Secure Communities program (S-Comm), wherein the Obama administration essentially wants to turn every local police officer into a border patrol agent by decree in two years.
A week later, the reaction has been deafening, along with the silence of Masschusetts Republicans.
Almost 3,000 people have signed a CREDO Action petition asking Fattman to apologize and rescind his support for S-Comm.
Almost 3,000 people have signed a Change.org petition started by New Hope Inc, a Massachusetts-based organization that works to end domestic violence, asking Fattman to apologize and the Mass. State House to publicly denounce his comments.
Almost 700 people have signed a Care2 petition telling Massachusetts Republicans that “women deserve basic equal rights, regardless of status.”
If you haven’t signed my change.org petition yet targetting Mass. Republican Leadership, including Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) who endorsed Fattman, please do so. I’m going to continue to push to get as many people involved in this fight in whatever capacity they can, while I try to compile the collective impact.
For the first time in as long as I can remember, Massachusetts Republicans have nothing to say on the subject of immigration. They’re strategy seems to be to try and ignore outcry. Good luck. As long as I’m a resident of this Commonwealth, it’s going to get worse the longer they try to remain silent.