Mass. tech leaders to Baker: Do more to counter Trump’s immigration policies, Deborah Hurley

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Deborah Hurley EMCS & EMSTL Faculty

Deborah Hurley, Executive Master in Science and Technology Leadership (EMSTL) and Executive Master in Cybersecurity (EMCS) faculty member, was one of the signatories to a news-making open-letter to Governor Charlie Baker to do more to counter President Donald Trump’s immigration policies, calling Trump’s recent executive order, “bad for business, bad for science, bad for education, and bad for Massachusetts.”

The Alliance for Business Leadership, a progressive business group based in Boston, co-wrote the letter with the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts.

According to the Boston Business Journal, the letter applauds Baker’s condemnation of Trump’s executive order that temporarily bans refugees and immigrants from seven majority-Muslim countries, but urges Baker to continue to raise his voice and to support a Massachusetts bill that would prevent state and local officials from helping the federal government establish a Muslim registry or surveil people based on their political speech.

The letter reads,

“As business and civil society leaders, we worry about the executive order’s impact on the Massachusetts economy, and more broadly, about the future of civil rights and civil liberties under the current federal administration.

Our state boasts the highest number of technology workers per capita in the United States in no small part because Massachusetts is a wonderful place to live. Freedom is a key reason why so many people come here to work, have children, and raise families—among them the thousands of immigrants who come to the United States seeking a better life, and in turn enrich our communities, businesses, and economy with their creativity, culture, and intellect.”

According to the ACLU, the letter received additional coverage in the Boston Globe, Boston Herald and State House News Service. The ACLU’s legislative staff also reported that the letter was being walked through the state house by several representatives.

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