Mayor DeMaria joins Cardinal O’Malley at 2018 Migration Seminar
On Thursday, March 22, Mayor Carlo DeMaria joined Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley and members of the Archdiocese of Boston, Boston College, the Joint Committee for Children’s Health Care in Everett, and several surrounding communities for the 2018 Migration Seminar at Boston College. While at the seminar, Mayor DeMaria participated in a local government panel that discussed the contributions of migrants to the economic and social development of our community and state. He stated, “It is important that we continue these discussions so that we can develop best practices and advance in the protection, promotion and integration of the immigrant community.”
The seminar brought together religious, academic, and political leaders to discuss the contributions of migrants in the development and social innovation of Boston. Prior to and during the meeting, the Cardinal and Mayor discussed and expressed their commitment to the immigrant community. The two guest speakers stressed the importance of the immigrant community and how they have played a vital role in the growth and development of our country. In addition, they discussed how we must continue to engage in ongoing dialogue on this topic so to educate members of our communities.
In recent months, Mayor DeMaria has stood side by side with the Everett Safe and Welcoming Coalition to condemn the abolishment of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and how it will impact certain Everett immigrant residents. He has emphasized the importance of continuing to work together and simply not remaining silent when there are injustices within our community.
The seminar was sponsored by Boston College’s School of Theology and Ministry and the Scalabrini Centers for Migration in Boston.