Ed has been working tirelessly to support the vibrant immigrant and refugee community in Massachusetts and around the country. He is an original cosponsor of the Safe Environment from Countries Under Repression and in Emergency (SECURE) Act, which would allow qualified Temporary Protected Status (TPS) recipients to apply for lawful permanent residency.
Ed is an outspoken critic of the Trump administration’s decision to terminate the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, and has been at the forefront of the fight to pass a clean Dream Act to provide a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers. He has criticized the lower refugee resettlement cap for fiscal year 2018 — the lowest in the history of our nation’s resettlement program — and has introduced the GRACE Act to prevent a U.S. President from setting a Presidential Determination on Refugee Admissions at a level below 95,000 in a given fiscal year.
Ed has fought unrelentingly against the Trump administration’s travel ban, calling it “un-American and in direct opposition to everything for which our Founding Fathers fought.”
Ed has also questioned the administration’s enforcement activities and practices. He is the author of the recent report, “Under the Radar: The Trump Administration’s Stealth Attack on the U.S. Immigration System”, which outlines the multiple executive orders, memoranda, guidance, rule-making, and informal directives during the first two years of his administration that President Donald Trump has used to surreptitiously remake our immigration system.
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Among other policies, Ed has challenged the separation of families at the border, the detention of pregnant women, and the proposed elimination of the Legal Orientation Program. Throughout his legislative career, Ed has been committed to ensuring that the immigrant and refugee populations in this country have access to security, care, and opportunity.