It sounds like you believe that this is an issue for states to handle. Is that correct?
Yes. Illegal immigration is an issue that should be left to the states because they are the ones being directly affected. The federal government shouldn’t force the states to enact specific policies. I support the deportation of illegal immigrants, which is something that I’ve said on my website. However, I don’t believe that the states should be mandated to deport illegal immigrants.
What sort of provisions would you endorse if you are elected?
I would encourage Massachusetts to enforce the federal laws already in place. I think that the local authorities should be allowed to report illegal immigrants if they choose. That’s why we have the police—they’re here to enforce the law. The states should work together to fix immigration since it’s an issue that affects them.
Shapiro is running against three other candidates for the Republican nomination. To find out more about him, visit his website www.shapiro4congress.org. The state primary is on Tuesday, September 14th and the general election is on Tuesday, November 2nd.