Mayor of Lynn, Massachusetts: I’m not a racist

LYNN — Lynn’s struggle with an “influx of illegal arrivals” earned Mayor Judith Flanagan Kennedy keynote speaker status this week in Washington, D.C., but a local immigrant advocate said Kennedy and the group highlighting her views need to rethink their outlook on new arrivals.

Edward Tirrell called the Center for Immigration Studies “a well-known anti-immigration group” and said Kennedy’s decision to accept an invitation to address the organization on Wednesday “gives them legitimacy.”

“That’s outrageous,” he said.

Kennedy and the center’s director of policy studies, Jessica Vaughn, share a perspective on the increase of unaccompanied minors — immigrant children — into American cities they say boils down to dollars and cents.

“It is not easy for American communities to absorb them. In fact, it is very costly, and the places they are settling are not wealthy communities, but rather cities and towns that already struggle to provide services for their citizens and legal immigrant residents,” Vaughn stated in an email…

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