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In an effort to help voters decide which candidate to select in the Nov. 6 election, WestfordCAT News is asking a question each week of those candidates who will represent Westford. The responses below come from Independent candidate Mike Mullen of Maynard, and Lori Trahan of Westford, the Democratic nominee for the Third District Congressional seat spanning approximately 776 square miles across 37 cities and towns in Middlesex, Essex, and Worcester counties. The current population of the Third District is approximately 735,500 people.
Trahan and Mullen are competing with Republican Rick Green of Pepperell, who did not respond to this request for comment.
QUESTION OF THE WEEK The Trump administration has focused heavily on immigration, discouraging immigrants from crossing the border and pledging to build a wall. Please state your position on immigration in this country.
MIKE MULLEN – Maynard Independent
Lori Trahan. COURTESY PHOTO
LORI TRAHAN – Westford Democrat
Our system is broken and Congress has failed in its job to fix it. I will work for comprehensive immigration reform — improving border security and creating a path to citizenship for Dreamers and undocumented immigrants who work hard, pay their taxes and want nothing more than to be American citizens.
We are a nation of laws and we need to ensure that all of our borders are secure, but we are also a country of immigrants. We need to evaluate our system for asylum seekers. We need to treat people humanely and put an end to family separations. We need to pass reform that is tethered to our American values. We’ve seen Democrats and Republicans work together on this issue like Senators Ted Kennedy and John McCain in 2005. I believe with new leaders in Washington, we can get back to work and fix the system.