Mass. immigrants renew call for unity at the State House

President-elect Donald Trump is scheduled to be sworn in on January 20th

BOSTON (WWLP) – After a vicious presidential campaign cycle, immigration advocates told 22News that moving forward, they hope President-elect Donald Trump will work to lift up everyone in this country.

Immigrants living in Massachusetts gathered at the State House for an annual tradition. They shared an early Thanksgiving meal with lawmakers and renewed the call for unity. Eva Millona, the executive director for the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition told 22News the future for immigrants is uncertain as the nation prepares for a Donald Trump presidency.

“He said some pretty harsh things about immigrants and refugees during the campaign, but we hope that was just marketing during the campaign and we hope that he will be the President of all people,” said Millona.

Trump said on the campaign trail that he wants to build a wall on the Mexican border. This week, he said he plans to reform the nation’s immigration policies.

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey said, “We don’t know exactly what is coming, but know that my office will be watching very closely what this new administration proposes.”

The holidays are a time of compassion and inclusion. Winchester state Senator Jason Lewis said he hopes the next President will embrace all people.

“We need to work to lift up everybody – whether they’re native-born Americans, whether they’re immigrants or refugees,” said Senator Lewis.

President-elect Donald Trump is scheduled to be sworn-in on January 20th in Washington D.C.