Massachusetts Coalition for Immigration Reform (MCIR)
Voice your Opposition to Bills That Encourage Illegal Immigration
With Election Day approaching, Massachusetts voters should be aware of the
danger that during the post-election “lame duck” session the state legislature may
try to enact two bills that would reward and encourage illegal immigration. One
bill (H3012/ S2641) would allow persons in the country illegally to obtain drivers’
licenses. The second (H3573/S1401) would obstruct cooperation between state and
local law enforcement and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in finding
and removing criminal aliens; it is called the “safe communities bill” by its
sponsors, whereas it can more accurately be described as a “sanctuary state” bill.
The Governor opposes both these bills.
Earlier versions of these bills were introduced periodically over the past decade,
but until the present session none were ever reported out of committee. Even
though Democrats outnumber Republicans by wide margins in both chambers,
most Democratic legislators realize that these bills have little grassroots support
and never allowed a floor vote.