LPMA Statement on the "Sanctuary State"

Libertarian Party of Massachusetts statement on amendment #1147 to S.4  05/24/2018

The Libertarian Party believes that every citizen has the right to associate with whomever they choose, regardless of where that person is born. That millions of Americans have chosen to do so attests to the fundamental value of freedom of association.

When a peaceful activity is made illegal by law, we oppose the law and do not consider violation of that law to be immoral. The amendment to the state budget to not expend state resources on enforcing misguided and cruel Federal mandates is morally sound.

The amendment is only controversial because fear of immigrants has been praised and encouraged in gullible voters in order to boost vote totals for Republican candidates. The economic benefits, low crime rates, and low use of public resources of immigrants, legal or not, are well documented by dispassionate analysts. But none of this matters for the false dichotomy that defines the mythical division between Democrats and Republicans.

Any effort to oppose the cruelty now being inflicted on decent people should be applauded. The federal government has destroyed peaceful and hard-working families by deporting their breadwinners and has ripped children from the arms of Central American mothers who are desperate for asylum from unfathomable violence.  Federal law says that these actions of Federal law enforcement agents are not crimes, but in reality, they are crimes against humanity. The efforts of Massachusetts legislators to refuse to abet this disgraceful campaign of terror is highly praiseworthy.

It is completely consistent with libertarianism to oppose a shameful police state devoted to the persecution of foreign-born persons who have done nothing wrong but who have had their peaceful behavior defined as criminal activity by unjust laws.



Libertarians favor a laisezz-faire, free-market capitalistic economic system for its economic and moral benefits. In a capitalistic society, rather than the government deciding which firms produce what, and what goods and services are produced and provided, the free-market would decide: individual consumers would use their dollars to ‘vote’ for what goods and services they desire, rather than the production and consumption being centrally planned by the government.

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The Massachusetts Libertarian position on immigration is not listed in our platform, but a related plank is "America should be a land of opportunity for every citizen. Massive expansions of the Federal Budget and Debt are strangling those opportunities. We need massive cuts in government spending or our grandchildren will be crushed by their grandparents' wasteful extravagance."

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Crime & Justice


The Massachusetts Libertarian position on crime and violence is that if there is no victim, there is no crime. The Libertarian Party of Massachusetts platform is "Laws requiring the use of personal protective equipment intended primarily to protect the user, such as Motorcycle Helmets and Automobile seat belts, should be repealed, because protecting people from their own actions is not a fundamental purpose of government."

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Drug War


The Massachusetts Libertarian platform on the drug war is "The Commonwealth of Massachusetts cannot long endure a huge underclass of people whose civil liberties and civil rights have been lost to the war on drugs. There should be a general pardon of all persons who were convicted of violating state laws defining nonviolent drug crimes."

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The Libertarian Association of Massachusetts's platform on taxation is “Libertarians support the repeal of the state’s sales and income taxes, and urge immediate pardoning of tax violators. We further support repeal of the withholding payroll system collected from worker’s wages, as it is involuntary  servitude to force employers to serve as unpaid tax collectors.”

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Foreign Policy


The Libertarian Association of Massachusetts's platform on foreign policy is “Libertarians support non-intervention in the affairs of foreign nations. Our foreign wars should end; our armed forces should be brought home from around the world. The Cold War is over; the vast military machine that the Cold War justified is no longer needed.”

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Civil Liberties


The Libertarian Association of Massachusetts's platform on civil liberties is "Libertarians stand for protecting your Federal and State Constitutional Rights, all of them without any exception or omission. There is no National Security exemption to the Bill of Rights. Politicians who ignore our Constitutional Liberties are the chief threat to our country."

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Gun Ownership


The Libertarian Association of Massachusetts platform on gun ownership is "Mindful of the rights clearly provided for in the Bill of Rights, the Libertarian Association of Massachusetts calls for the repeal of all Massachusetts permit laws and other restrictions on the right of law-abiding adults to keep and bear firearms and other weapons."

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Get government out of our healthcare! Let free-markets, individual choice, and personal responsibility control it. Government involvement causes several issues: most notably, its programs of Medicaid, Medicare, and the infamous PPACA actually increase the cost of health care above what it would be under the free-market. Additionally, these governmental programs are funded by coercive taxation, which takes money from some and gives to others. The funding mechanism of coercive taxation violates the libertarian principles of private property and voluntaryism. It also diminishes the role of personal responsibility and choice, and makes people less apt to donate to voluntary associations - which can help provide temporary assistance to the poor because people will think ‘the government will take care of it.’

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