Tag Archives: illegal immigration

Conservative Legislators File Bill to Fix Immigration Loophole

Yesterday the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled our state law does not permit officials to detain illegal immigrants solely at the request of federal immigration officials. This puts up a legal barrier to a long-running component of immigration enforcement, and may make us a de facto sanctuary state. Representatives Jim Lyons, Marc Lombardo, Peter Durant, and Shaunna O’Connell announced they’ve…

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10 Days to Sanctuary State Hearing

There are just 10 days remaining until the legislative hearing on the Safe Communities Act which would make Massachusetts a sanctuary state. We need individuals to testify.  In particular we are looking for doctors, public school teachers, current and former law enforcement officers, and legal immigrants. Please send us an mail if you can testify. “Safe Communities” aka Sanctuary State…

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Update: Backdoor Sanctuary State Bill “Pulled”

We received word earlier today that HB 3033, which would’ve prevented state funds from being used to coordinate state and local law enforcement with federal immigration enforcement, has been pulled and will not be voted today. The Democratic leadership had hoped that they could schedule a hearing for the Sanctuary State bill on June 9th, and then slip this other…

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Possible Sanctuary State Vote This Wednesday

The sanctuary city debate remains a hot topic all across Massachusetts and there are major developments this week. This Wednesday, the legislature may take up a bill (HB 3033) that would prevent the use of state resources to carry out the important 287(g) agreements that delegate Immigration and Customs Enforcement authority to officers at the state and local level. We…

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Greater Boston: Sheriff Hodgson v. Rep. Cabral

From Jim Braude’s show last night: Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson, an outspoken critic of sanctuary cities who offered to have some of his prisoners build the wall, and Representative Antonio Cabral, who filled today’s bills, joined Jim for a discussion on where the state immigration debate goes from here. In other news, the town of Arlington is the…

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Budget Update: 24 Hours to Act on Amendments

It’s a busy week.  The budget debate is underway at the State House, there are upcoming hearings, and we are holding a fundraiser on Sunday.

    In just three short days, legislators will deal with over 1,200 amendments, on everything from taxes to parental rights. Thank you to all who attended the Lyons/Lombardo press conference on MassHealth this morning. It is

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