Lowcountry residents voice concerns on immigration, women’s health care


It was a packed house at the Technical College of the Lowcountry on Friday as Mark Sanford continued his town hall-styled tour.

The informational meeting allowed community members and leaders to express their concerns and have a one-on-one Q&A session with the congressman. It was supposed to end at 3 p.m., but because so many people showed up, Sanford stayed longer to answer questions and clarify concerns. The main issues discussed were immigration and women’s healthcare.

When it came to the subject of immigration, the majority of the crowd said they were in favor of more secure borders and an immigration reform. Even a representative of a local immigration group stated his claim for a simpler process for citizenship and entering the country the correct way.

The major concern with this topic was the type of secure border, which the Trump Administration has proposed would be in the form of a wall.

“If a wall comes along, I will be voting for it – with this one caveat: wall fence, more permanent structure. I think that’s the majority view of most of the folks represented,” said Representative Mark Sanford, First Congressional District of SC.

Sanford says he will be checking every new bill and policy to see who the financial burden will fall on. He showed his support for a physical barrier, but also expressed his support for work-based immigration that allows model citizens from other countries to come here and work towards a better life.

Another area that the majority weighed in on was women’s health care.

President Trump’s executive order bars federal funds from organizations that promote abortion, more commonly, Planned Parenthood, which also helps women with family planning and birth control. Sanford is a member of the Freedom Caucus where he’s expressed his concern for maximizing individual liberties and freedoms, which some attendees felt was hypocritical to this executive order.

“Some people, going back to the respect for other peoples’ viewpoints in the room, some people would say ‘wait a minute; dollars are fundable Planned Parenthood funds abortions. I don’t want my money going towards abortions.’ It’s my viewpoint, that at the end of the day, what you’re going to see is money going to community health centers,” Representative Sanford said.

Sanford stressed that this order is not a reversal of Roe v Wade, but instead, a change in who the provider will be for those services.

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