Press Release – Matt Patrick on the Governor’s Proposal for Temporarily Housing Unaccompanied Immigrant Minors

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July 22, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Zelda MacGregor, 774.269.8867, zelda@votemattpatrick.org

State Senate Candidate Matt Patrick on the Governor’s Proposal for the Immigrant Children to be Located at Mass Military Reservation

Plymouth-Matt Patrick, Democratic candidate for State Senate in the Plymouth and Barnstable District and former State Representative from Cape Cod spoke today about the issues surrounding Governor Patrick’s proposal for housing immigrant children at Mass Military Reservation on Cape Cod.

“It’s time to sit back and take an emotional inventory of this situation and recognize what is stirring up all of this anxiety surrounding the Governor’s proposal.  When all the facts are considered, I’m supportive of the Governor as long as it doesn’t cost the Commonwealth or Towns any money.  It is an opportunity to show our compassion for children who have already had a very difficult time and are still in the midst of a traumatic experience likely to continue for some time.

The facts as I see them are that it is a temporary situation; the process takes on average 35 days.  In the end they will either be deported, reunified with relatives or granted asylum according to the law.  The base is leased by the Federal Government, so the fact that they are consulting with the Commonwealth and Towns shows their concern for local communities.  The children are not on the base yet, but when and if they are, they will be screened for infectious diseases and schooled at the base, so the impact to our communities is minimal.  We must ensure that there is adequate capacity for emergency services in the event of a natural disaster in the Towns with overflow at the base, which is standard operating procedure.

In the end, this is an opportunity to give these children a little peace during what is going to continue to be a traumatic experience.”

For more information about Patrick, see his website at www.electmattpatrick.org.

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