By Gayle Kesselman | Saturday, May 29th, 2010 at 12:47 pm
The Massachusetts legislature has passed a law which would enable the State of Massachusetts to help enforce immigration law. This just shows that the canard about how “immigration is a federal issue and the states cannot do anything about it” is just political blather designed to fool the public.
Individual states can and should do a great deal to enforce immigration law. They can mandate that employers use the E-Verify system to ensure that their employees are US citizens or legal residents with valid social security numbers and not illegal immigrants. And they can make sure that social benefits designed for US citizens do not go to illegal immigrants.
From the New York Times — NY Times: Massachusetts Seeks to Help Enforce Immigration Law:
The Massachusetts Senate on Thursday approved a series of measures to tighten immigration enforcement, reflecting election-year unease over the issue in a Democratic-controlled Legislature that has spurned such crackdowns in the past.
The measures, which passed 28 to 10 in an amendment to a budget bill, would require state contractors to confirm that their workers were here legally and prohibit the contractors from doing business with the state if they were found to employ illegal immigrants.
The changes would also codify into law an existing state policy that bars illegal immigrants from qualifying for resident-tuition rates at state colleges. And they would require public housing agencies to give legal residents priority for subsidized housing.
In addition, the state attorney general’s office would be required to set up a hot line for people to anonymously report businesses that hire illegal immigrants, and to investigate any such reports….
A Suffolk University/7 News poll released Wednesday found that 84 percent of voters want the state to require proof of citizenship before awarding benefits like public assistance….
Massachusetts shows the way!
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