The contrast couldn’t be starker. Boston Mayor Marty Walsh was the de facto political leader of Massachusetts today: protecting our livelihoods and ideals by defending immigrants and standing up to an unpopular and incompetent president who lost the national popular vote by millions and was obliterated in Massachusetts.
Baker was nowhere to be seen. That’s because he can’t challenge Trump too explicitly since they both stand for the same values: the GOP. It’s an impossible position that, based on the events of this week, will become increasingly untenable.
This will create a huge political opportunity for Baker’s rivals if he keeps it up.
In Boston, 48% of children have at least one parent who was born outside the United States. I identify with those kids because I was one of them. My mother and father came from Ireland to Boston looking for opportunity. They found their American Dream, and I got to live mine by becoming mayor of the city that embraced us.
My family was far from alone. In Boston, immigrants make up nearly one-third of our population. We welcome and cherish those who are fleeing persecution or simply seeking a better life. We know our success — and our nation’s success — has always depended on the drive, talent, community and culture of newcomers.
That’s why I was so angered by the White House’s executive orders this week, aiming to strip cities like Boston of their federal funding and shut the door to desperate refugees. They sent the message that America is rejecting its heritage as a nation of immigrants and giving up on its role as a beacon of hope in the world. More immediately for cities like Boston, these orders threaten to undermine public safety, sap our economic vitality and tear apart our families.