BOSTON (CBS) – Cracking down on illegal immigrants in Massachusetts made for an emotional debate at the Statehouse on Tuesday.

The family of a Milford man killed last summer is supporting a bill that would dramatically toughen the law.

Matthew Denice was hit by a truck driven by a man who was in the country illegally. Nicolas Guaman is charged with the crime.

RELATED: Crowd Demands Justice For Denice

Police said he was drunk and didn’t have a license.

Denice’s family says Massachusetts laws are too lax and the state has become a magnet for undocumented immigrants.

Outside immigrant rights groups rallied against the bill, which among other things would penalize employers who hire undocumented immigrants and make it difficult for them to register a car.

Comments (22)
  1. mom123 says:

    Register a car?? I would not think that would be possible. Come on MA! I can’t believe we don’t think we have the right to stop illegal activity. Our country accepts more immigrants than any other country. What is wrong with saying NO to illegals?

    1. Yaknow says:

      I said the same thing, REGISTER A CAR???? Are they kidding me? THEY ARE HERE ILLEGALLY, How come WE THE VOTERS are the only ones that UNDERSTAND THE MEANING OF THE WORD ILLEGAL…Funny our neighbors to the North, Canada, is not taking anymore immigrants in….gee wiz, maybe we should TAKE A PAGE….

      1. Iliana Voicu says:

        You’re either misinformed or engaged in misinforming others. Canada is still taking in as many immigrants as ever. Being Canadian, and an immigrant (from Britain) I know whereof I speak. The Canadian government is making noises about immigration, trying to attract voters that think, and I use the word advisedly, like you. But there’s no fundamental shift in policy.

  2. the 5m says:

    what part of illegal dont they understank

  3. Stanley11 says:

    Who are these Immigrant Rights groups that don’t understand that if you are illegal, YOU HAVE NO RIGHTS!

  4. ccb says:

    tell that to Obamas relatives here ^^

    1. Stanley11 says:

      If I could only…….

  5. gramps says:

    Deval will fight this tooth & nail!

    If passed it’ll have a negative effect on his Oval Office bid in 2016….


    1. Yaknow says:

      ABSOLUTLEY GRAMPS….that is the bottom line to these politicians….

    2. gramps says:

      Deval is like a farmer sewing seeds….He’s either ‘for’ or ‘against’ any law, program, idea or opinion that will enhance or can’t be used against him in his quest to be called ‘Mr. President’!…..By 2016 the country’s demographic pendulum will be swinging to his liking. In the mean time he’ll do nothing to alienate ‘ANY’ ethnic or down-trodden group.

      He’s ‘good buddies’ with Obama, yet refuses to take a position/post in DC…WHY?

      Cause he didn’t & doesn’t want to be associated with any miss steps of an Obama administration…..They could possibly be used against him in his 2016 campaign….

      So until then, he’ll stay in the ‘shadows’, & take notes on Obamas’, style, mishaps & moves, compile a ‘Do’s & Dont’s’ list for his run for the ‘Oval’ diggs……He’ll continue push for ‘Free or reduced Tuition’ for illegal’s…..No ‘ID’s at the voting booth…..Look the other way when ‘EBT cards are used for ‘vacations to Vegas & Hawaii’….&….Be against programs like ‘Secure Communities’ & protect those ‘ID’less voters for his 2016 run…

      So, let there be ‘no’ mistake, his appearance’s under the guise of pushing Obama, is really to ‘build & enhance’ his own ‘face & name recognition’ across the USA!


  6. Willow says:

    Why do we need a bill? If you are here illegally, that’s “illegal,” Employers who are hiring undocumented workers are just as guilty as the person here illegally. I know one size doesn’t fit all. There are folks who want to become citizens and are frustrated with all the red tape and just give up, but I’ll bet most of them are here with no intention of becoming citizens, but just to take advantage of a free ride. I still don’t get how Obama’s aunt can collect SS disability and housing, etc. when she never worked a day in this country. I wonder who WON’T be able to retire because illegals are already collecting those benefits.

  7. emom says:

    How in the hell does an illegal register a car.. There needs to be a licensed driver oh wait they borrow a license of a cousin’s cousin,,, that looks like them oh and taking the eye exam since they can not read English never mind speak it,,, they bring a family member to interpret for them,,, ARE YOU FREAKING KIDDING ME….. YOU PEOPLE THAT CAN NOT READ, WRITE OR EVEN SPEAK ENGLISH GO THE HELL HOME,,,, You can not follow a street sign how can you drive… Now they can register a car.. what the heck…. well if that’s the case I want to go to welfare , sign up for hundreds of dollars for food stamps , low income housing , get free health care,, get me a education,,,, and live the high life of riches,,, since I will have all this wealth…….
    OH WAIT A MINUTE I CANT, (SNAP) DARN IT,, i AM AN EDUCATED PERSON THAT WAS BORN AND RAISED RIGHT HERE IN THE GOOD OLD BOYS STATE OF GIVEMECHUSETTES,, where they tax the heck out of me take from me and make me follow their rules no matter how wacky they are,,,,, but illegals get a free ride to what ever,,,,,,how many illegals are here that are related to DUVAL.. I WONDER,,,,,,,

  8. fred says:

    Wasn’t there just a story about this illegal’s brother assaulting someone in Milford. What is wrong with that town. This illegal’s whole family is still living there. Any one who has been harmed by an illegal (especially if the illegal had been previously arrested and let out) should be able to sue the Governor for damages. Deval is directly responsible for the acts of illegals because he has given them incentive to break the law and reside here. Patrick is a bad man or rather he is no man at all.

  9. Denise says:

    Illegal means:

    1. gramps says:

      ‘Everything free in America’!

      They look @ America as a big ‘Pinata’!


  10. Exhausted Tax Payer says:

    I work i patient care. I can’t count how mnay patients that I have had over the years with MassHealth, no English speaking skills who come in for expensive tests, while others who were born, raised in the country have no way to receive any help when they truly need it.

    We pay for their health care and mostl likely housing, food and welfare checks on top of the lucritive MassHealth benefits PLUS hire an interpreter because they don’t feel the need to learn the language.

    Just last week, I had a patient who was tanned, covered in gold jewelry, fresh acrylic nails and a bigger Coach bag than I would ever want…on MassHealth.

    The kicker was when a woman came in with the expensive bag, jewelry and each kid (3) with a new iphone. After I said goodbye to her through the interpreter, she didn’t drive off in the Escalade the parking lot, she drove off in the Mercedes SUV!

    I work my tail off, college educated, and can’t afford oll of that! If you are here illegally, go home…you are breaking our laws, and some harm or kill our legal residents. No one should try to fight for you to stay. We can’t afford to support you!! I’m sick of feeling the tax paying for this, we are trying to keep our families fed and housed!

  11. Enough says:

    The Liberals want them here, the “immigrant groups” want them here…. but the taxpayers who support them unwillingly, unwittingly provide them id (hello, identity theft!), lose jobs to them do NOT want them here, we want them to leave and come back legally or stay out! Time to “occupy” Duval’s office and make him listen… boot all the illegals out! They broke they law to come here! People born here get turned down for Masshealth, yet the illegals get on it quite easily??? Anchor babies???? Disrepecting our laws/flag by coming here illegally??? Not speaking english, or even ATTEMPTING to??? Taking up space in our schools, on our taxpayer dime??? Stealing and using our identities (and ruining our credit) ??? Getting taxpayer-funded government assistance??? Driving illegally here??? Committing crimes here??? Sending money they do earn back to their home countries instead of spending it here??? Taking jobs from citizens (yes they do, do not give me that crap that americans are too lazy to do some jobs)??? Taking food from food pantries that should go to citizens in need??? Take up space in our court system and taxpayer-funded prison system??? Those who do get deported come back as someone else’s identity??? Seriously all you Liberal we-can’t-offend-anyone or profile fools – defend to me all the things that I just listed. I’ve got to hear this.

  12. WAKE UP says:


  13. Dave Francis says:

    In the fighting border state of Arizona where illegal immigration was one of the major voter concerns, the presidential candidates who “drove” the E-Verify issue benefited easily. After last week’s debate, Mitt Romney kept up the momentum and won the prize. Other than Ron Paul, the three have been supporting the national mandatory E-Verify (H.R.2885) through the campaign. But Romney, former Massachusetts Governor in last week’s significant debate made sure the voters knew his statement by emphasizing the strong aspect of the “Legal Workforce Bill” standpoint.

    Currently with people worried about their jobs, it’s not at all astonishing; that exit polling established that Arizona voters were mainly troubled in regards to illegal immigration that had been strongly introduced by Romney, who they recognized as “the mandatory E-Verify candidate.” The poll results should caused every candidate of every party for every office, whether Governor, Mayor or further elected official to consider being the “E-Verify candidate” in their race. While Romney had long been predictable to win Arizona, polling showed his lead was narrowing until last week’s debate performance when promoting federal E-Verify. This has drawn verbal torment from the other side, even though crowing that he would stumble by offering the attributes of this business hiring program.

    But a new national poll conducted by Pulse Opinion Research that the Left oriented media to be gibberish. The poll revealed that wide spread majorities of virtually every type of American voter support mandatory E-Verify. It also acknowledged that “the political core” of Independents and Moderates is about as delighted with national E-Verify as Republicans and Conservatives (Tea Party). Reacting to this survey even Democrats and Liberals are not poles apart on this issue.

    When debating last week, the Moderator tried to tempt Romney into a confrontation of how Hispanics and other minorities saw his immigration enforcement for America.

    Instead of being drawn into the harsh classification of Deportations and the border fence, Romney cleverly replied, “the right course for America is to drop these lawsuits against Arizona and other states that are trying to do the job Barack Obama isn’t doing. And I will drop those lawsuits on day one. I’ll also complete the fence. I’ll make sure we have enough border patrol agents to secure the fence.

    And I will make sure we have an E-Verify system and require employers to check the documents of workers, and to check E- Verify. And if an employer hires someone that has not gone through E- Verify, they’re going to get sanctioned just like they do for not paying their taxes. You do that, and just as Arizona is finding out, you can stop illegal immigration. It’s time we finally did it.”

    If you really want the facts about the illegal alien occupation, the REAL border fence, Chain Migration, Sanctuary Cities, Deportation, “foothold Babies” the Backdoor Amnesty, the Vendetta by Eric Holders Department of Justice suing Arizona, Alabama, Georgia, Utah, South Carolina, Indiana and many other problem that is causing Americas unnecessary pain and anguish, then you need to view the uncensored pages, not suppressed by the Leftist media at (Google) AMERICAN PATROL. For information about the dishonesty, profiting in Washington and the state congressional seats of power, check the web pages of the (Google) JUDICIAL WATCH.

    Go read the statistics that in Arizona, Alabama where they are operating policing laws are leaving and the employment rate for citizens and legal residents is rising considerably. Foreign nationals are packing their stuff and turning up in less oppressive states like California and Nevada, with Liberal legislators.

    We can win this battle if we all start a harassment campaign against Lawmakers, senior officials who are supposed to defend this country. The country is drowning in red ink and illegal immigration has roots in this growing problem. As a nations people we should stand with our fellow workers and demand mandatory E-Verify. This will make businesses accountable for using cheap labor and lowering wages, in the name of filling their pockets with your cash, while the U.S. taxpayer are forced to cover the cost of health care, education and the bloated prison system through the courts unfunded mandates. Contact your Senator or House member and insist they not only sponsor mandatory E-Verify, but also the “Birthright citizenship bill.” Both have their place in stringent enforcement.

  14. Dot says:

    I totally agree. Good luck Denice family, sorry for your loss.

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