Demand That Mass. GOP Leaders Clarify Their Position on Undocumented Rape Victims

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Please sign this change.org petition asking the leaders of the Massachusetts Republican Party to clarify their stance on Undocumented Rape Victims:



The narrative is turning on the backlash to Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick's decision to stand up to [In]Secure Communities (S-Comm), easily one of the greatest threats to migrant communities around the nation.  There's been a national outcry against the comments of State Representative Ryan Fattman (R-Sutton), who in a statement to the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, suggested that undocumented rape victims "should be afraid to come forward" and report the crime committed against them. Care2, Daily Kos, Firedoglake, Mother Jones, and Think Progress have all covered Rep. Fattman's remarks.  Fattman's attempts to clarify his comments did not contain an apology, nor did they clear up what an undocumented woman should do if she's raped.

Proponents enforcement-only migration policy solutions are likely to see the uproar over Fatmann's comments as much ado about nothing, or worse as some sort of cynical political attack. In truth, this uproar gets right to the heart of the matter of the debate over U.S. immigration policy, which is really a debate over what type of country the U.S. should be. Does the U.S. want to be a country that does nothing when a migrant is raped for the simple act of trying to seek a better life for herself and her family?

This isn't a hypothetical situation. Unauthorized migrants, some of the most vulnerable people among us, are routinely raped as they attempt to seek a better life in the U.S. It was Maria Bolaños, a undocumented victim of domestic violence, who most dramatically brought the problems with S-Comm to light when she confronted the director of the program, David Venturella, with her story. In Massachusetts, people regularly impersonate ICE agents in order to assault and rob unauthorized migrants. What does do Massachusetts Republicans think unauthorized migrants should do in these situations? Should we allow this violence to go unchecked in a quixotic attempt to enforce the broken laws of our outdated immigration system? Do Massachusetts Republicans want to live in a country where we make conditions so miserable for migrants, that they are forced to return to the majority world countries they're fleeing from?

The petition is addressed to the leaders of the Massachusetts Republican Party: Chairman Jennifer Nassour, Executive Director Nate Little, and Communications Director Tim Buckley. Sen. Scott Brown, who endorsed Fattman, should also be forced to clarify his position on this issue.

Rep. Fattman, who refused to apologize in his clarifying statements, or even do much clarifying for that matter, should unequivocally apologize immediately or resign. Public officials have to use their words responsibly and the fact of the matter is that his statements effectively encourage sexual predators to prey on undocumented women, and discourage undocumented women from reporting rapists. If he can't take responsibility for that then he has no business being a public official.

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