Harsher penalties for those who hire illegal immigrants

( – promoted by Mike “DD4RP” Rossettie)

This afternoon, I filed legislation to punish individuals who knowingly hire illegal aliens. My proposal comes on the heels of the House’s refusal to debate Representative Perry’s background check amendment to the House Budget.

I have joined Rep. Perry on numerous occasions to address the issue of illegal immigration here in the Commonwealth. The federal government has refused to address our country’s immigration problem. The Majority Party in the House has repeatedly sidestepped a number of proposals that would clamp down on the influx of illegal immigrants entering our state. Frankly, the problem with undocumented aliens has reached a tipping point where the Commonwealth now faces both fiscal instability and threats to public safety.

Under my proposal, individuals who hire illegal aliens will face a series of harsh penalties. Specifically, a monetary fine ranging from $5,000-$10,000 would be imposed, in addition to a prison sentence of up to 2 ½ years. Those convicted of second or subsequent offences would face of an increased jail sentence of 5 years or more.

Both the Patrick Administration and the Attorney General’s office have totally dropped the ball on this issue. The recent arrests of suspected terrorists in Brookline and Watertown were proof-positive that the refusal to curb illegal immigration here in Massachusetts has brought about international implications. It is my hope that by penalizing employers who hire undocumented workers, we can eliminate any incentive for illegal aliens considering a move to our state and abusing the system.

I hope to see you at the rally tomorrow in Quincy,

Rep. Daniel Webster

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