By Steve LeBlanc, Associated Press

BOSTON (CBS/AP) — A bipartisan group of state lawmakers has unveiled a bill aimed at clamping down on illegal immigration in Massachusetts.

The bill was sparked in part by a traffic death of Matthew Denice in Milford linked to an illegal immigrant and news reports Monday that a native of Mexico previously deported on charges of drunken driving had been arrested Saturday by Boxborough police and charged again with drunken driving.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Kim Tunnicliffe reports

The bill is designed to toughen restrictions on illegal immigrants seeking state benefits or trying to find work.

WBZ-TV’s Karen Anderson reports

It would also stiffen penalties for operating a car without a license.

Senator Richard Moore (D) Uxbridge, who lives in the same district, as Denice, says, “This legislation offers a comprehensive solution to the problems created by illegal immigration,” He says, “This is not a partisan issue and we must work together in the name of public safety.”

Senator Bruce Tarr (R) Gloucester, told reporters today, “Enough is enough. We continue to see those that abuse the laws of the Commonwealth, threaten public safety, abuse public resources, and divert government from it’s principal purpose which is to protect public safety and ensure precious tax payer dollars… are spend appropriately.”

Rep John Fernandes (D) of Milford, says “There is nothing in this legislation that seeks to preempt the status of the federal government as the place where the enforcement of immigration rests. We are not attempting to do what other states have done in that regard.” He says the state must act because Washington has not. “The failure of the federal government to enforce immigration laws has an impact on our state and our local communities.”

Sen Moore agrees, “Hopefully it also puts a little pressure on our friends in Washington to get their act together and deal with the issue of immigration reform.”

The bill also seeks to strengthen the state’s ties to a federal program that checks the immigration status of those arrested.

Immigration advocates say the state should pass comprehensive legislation instead of scapegoating immigrants.

WBZ-TV’s Karen Anderson contributed to this report.

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Comments (11)
  1. Dave Francis says:


    Encouragingly, as the line-up might be for the presidential entries, the race to the White House is gaining speed. More drop-outs are expected? The American people will insist on a formula for jobs, a growing economy and as a third but combustible issue–illegal and legal immigration enforcement. Whether it’s Rick Perry, Mitt Romney or any other of the contenders, they need to start concerning themselves with the American people, not pandering to foreign nationals. In the majority of Constitutional Conservatives minds is Rep. Smith’s mandated E-Verify bill H.R. 2885, known as the “Legal Workforce Act.” which could make a positive difference in the number of Americans seeking work. As always it’s already got its share of pessimists, leftists and a whole bunch of open border activists, who seem to prefer to see illegal aliens being hired, instead of lawful Americans. It’s further being demonized by the Liberal presses, who have the main captive audience, rather the more informative blogs and pro-sovereignty websites on the Internet. With the Left wing of the press, the facts never see the light of day, just details out of context or plain and simple lies. By Joining THE TEA PARTY, we can alter America’s course and return to the founding US Constitution and laws, destabilized by both political parties. Returning rights to the American People and stop the genuflecting to the Special interests.

    E-Verify will join the highly controversial “Secure Communities”, The Halt Act (Hinder the Administration’s Legalization Temptation Act), The Save Act (The Secure America with Verification and Enforcement Act) and the 287 G police laws that are as necessary as official deterrents, which can eliminate over a period of time decrease the incessant invasion by economic illegal immigrants that trespass into our lands. Any cost that business owners can expect, will largely depend on how sizable their operations are. E-Verify, the federal electronic program checks an employee’s legal work status and is a free program available to employers and will be required if “Legal Workforce Act.” for new hires under the sanctions law. You can read more about this law, at the (USCIS) U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services website. By being fully informed, you learn that E-Verify is being improved dramatically, not what the pro-illegal immigration want you to think? A New E-Verify development includes a driver’s license check ability.

    Mississippi is the first state to make its driver’s license data available to E-Verify, in association, in concert with the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators. Call your Senator or Congressman-Women at 202-224-3121 and insist on them voting for the “Legal Workforce Act.”

    Getting illegal immigration under control will also depend on the American people’s partnership. Seeing any suspicious activity in your workplace, you can call Department of Homeland Security (DHS)’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) division at 1-866-DHS-2ICE (866-347-2423). Having a suspicion of your employer or possible illegal aliens working elsewhere, is all that’s needed? They realize that you are not an expert on these situations and just need a phone call. There is never enough room to describe what TRUE information can be located in the general press, as many are inhibited by the Special interest groups to fully explain. However–much more in-depth information can be absorbed at non-profit websites, including Judicial Watch, NumbersUSA and nationwide reports at American Patrol.

    Where are some of the 8.5 million illegal aliens working, that you might ask? In manufacturing industries as among those non-farming companies currently employing some of the 7 to 8.5 million illegal aliens in our work force. This is a great place to start as a Whistle-Blower, to unveil this illegal market, where Americans could be immediately placed. Assuming that President Obama is and his underlings are going to follow the law, and then the current stream of sweeping ICE raids will continue. If not, you can contact your Congress people and explain your suspicions to them. A website called “WEHIREALIENS” a project of the Fire Coalition can be located on the Internet by typing it into Google. You can leave any suspicious activities and add it to their growing data base of allegedly businesses, which are not following immigration laws.

    Then once the border is fully sealed as according to the “2006 Secure Fence Act”; a barrier of two separate fences, stretching from Brownsville, Texas to San Diego, California, with fast track US Border Patrol roads in between. Two fences instead of partially completed single barrier we have now, will be capable of halting the thousands that dodge past the border, bringing even more poverty and desperate people into frontier states. Then combined with the appearance of 4000 National Guardsman who are fully armed and ready for confrontation throughout this dangerous region. After all—isn’t that what the National Guards are for, to protect Americans from Domestic and foreign enemies?

    It is time to remove the estimated 20 to 30 million illegal alien invaders within our borders. IT IS TIME TO CUT OUT ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION COSTS, INCLUDING THE $113 Billion dollars taken by the IRS and states to supplement these invaders income. It is time to amend the instant-baby-citizenship law (14th Amendment) , as it’s the most expenses burden for taxpayers. Just the TEA PARTY “selected” will enforce the 1986 Immigration enforcement laws and more, together with stopping any further Amnesties of any kind.


  2. web says:

    I’m glad they’ve at least started to address the “illegal” issue…it’s a start…

  3. JohnC says:

    Why was a baby who was born on a Phillippines-registry airliner over the central Pacific granted US citizenship? This is absolutely nonsensical and illogical.

  4. fred says:

    It all sounds so good but it is probably just more hot air. This will languish in committe and nothing much will come of it. I know – why don’t we just enforce the existing laws instead of pretending to care.

  5. Dan says:

    The Governor will veto it anyway.

  6. Nab71 says:

    I’m sure there will be a headline quoting the Governor that these are politicians” grabbing headlines.”

  7. andyme says:

    How or why do you have or need a bi-partisian effort in Taxachusetts, with 80%+ of tthe state’s legilatures Democratic? Jon, the issue is strictly, the Democrats want to force one of their own, Deval to belly up to the bar on illegal immigration. Any thoughts as to what that wimp will do?

  8. jaygee says:

    I have voted for Gov. Patrick twice and am disgusted at his continual head in the sand approach on this alarming issue. I would wager that if one of his family members was injured or killed by a drunken, unlicensed, uninsured, illegal immigrant who has already been deported but made his way back to our “liberal” state, that there would be a new law written tomorrow. Every city & town in this state and many, if not most, cities & towns across this nation are dealing with this issue and something has to be done and fast. I’m sick and tired of hearing the same old story, “but what about the honest, hard working illegal immigrants”? Pick up a thesaurus and check out the word ILLEGAL!

  9. mikey says:

    Why is this now a crackdown and wasn’t business as usual?

  10. Mark says:

    It is business as usual. The public is irate now. This will languish in committee after committee, sound bites will fill the airwaves of our local liberal media proclaiming we need to do something. This will keep up to at least election time (still no bill by the way) and once the voters have put everybody back into their seats it will start to die a slow and uneventful death as all such controversial issues do. Somewhere down the line 5 or 6 years from now a watered down version will finally pass and the back slapping and hand shaking will be just a whisper, with no perceptible results.

  11. Denise says:

    it’s starting to be a problem because of our economy – people where ok when the illegal immigrants did the jobs the US Citizens didn’t want to do… but with the job situation the way it is – the US Citizens are loosing their jobs and are now willing to do the lesser paying jobs just to have one! We need to stop sending all our mfg over seas, bring back the jobs to the US! Stop buying things that aren’t made in the USA (it’s extremely difficult to find things that are Made in the USA), we need to stop giving tax breaks to companies that send their mfg over seas and give it to those that bring jobs back to the US!!! It’s crazy!

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