Photo by William Tauro
By Bob Katzen
The Senate on a voice vote, without a roll call, approved a resolution condemning the recent Executive Order issued by President Trump which for 90 days bars entry to the United States for some nationals from seven nations including Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Syria, Somalia, Libya and Yemen. The resolution calls for Trump to reconsider and rescind those portions of the executive order that interfere with the rights of already documented students, workers, permanent residents and other visitors.
“Thousands of Massachusetts residents voiced their disapproval of this order in private conversations and public demonstrations, and displayed the very best of American values: freedom of religion and equal protection under the law,” said Sen. Kathleen O’Connor Ives (D-Newburyport) who sponsored the resolution. “The Senate passed this resolution today in solidarity with those affected by the order and sends an important message that the Massachusetts State Senate rejects discrimination based on race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, or religion. It is my hope that state senates across our country will consider similar resolutions in response to this Presidential Executive Order.”