America, for all its complexity, is fundamentally an idea: we are all endowed by our creator with the rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Generations have come here and built an amazing country because our nation has stood for the opportunity to live free and enjoy those rights. Nothing epitomizes that hope more than young people who've come to this country seeking that opportunity.
Yet right now we are witnessing a terrible, heartless betrayal of our core principles as the administration seeks to end DACA. We must condemn this, and let our legislators know that they must step up and right this wrong. Democrats and Republicans have an opportunity to come together and do what is just.
Closer to home, we can do even more. The City of Malden is made stronger by our diversity. It is my hope that all of our elected and appointed officials understand that fact, and that they take seriously the responsibility to nurture that sense of community. We need to ensure that state and local police should use their limited resources to prioritize violent and property crimes. Commandeering these local resources to perform the duties of federal immigration officials is an unfunded mandate, and even more importantly, it makes our city less safe. There is a tremendous chilling effect that occurs when victims of crime are afraid to call the police out of fear of deportation.
On a personal level, I cannot comprehend the cold hearted lack of empathy I am witnessing. I was raised to dig down and find love in my heart for all human beings, no matter who they are. There are a lot of people out there that would tell you that is naive, but I refuse to believe that this is a world with no room for compassion. And if it is, I am going to do all I can to change that. I hope you will join me in that endeavor.