Welcome to Arizona? Massachusetts Sends Strong Message During Election Year
Breaking News: The Boston Globe reportsthat the Massachusetts State Senate has passed a strict illegal immigration law. The vote: 28-10, with only 6 Republicans holding state senate seats.
Details include penalties for employers who hire illegal aliens, residency verification to gain access to Massachusetts public health insurance and housing by a check through homeland security.
Full article here: Boston Globe Breaking News
Chance of Deval Patrick signing this? Zero
That said, politically motivated Democrats can turn on a dime during an election year.
The Budget Amendments can be found here
Text in part reads:
Public Benefits Restrictions
Mr. Panagiotakos moves to amend the pending amendment (No. 52 by Mssrs. Tisei, Tarr, Knapik, Hedlund and Ross by striking out the text and inserting in place the following text:-
SECTION 154A. Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary and to prevent fraud and misuse of unemployment benefits, the division of unemployment assistance shall:
maintain interagency agreements with the United States Social Security Administration to verify all claimant’s demographics and the United States Department of Homeland Security Citizenship and Immigration Service to verify a noncitizen claimant’s work authorization;
determine citizenship during new claim filings;
require noncitizen claimants to provide their alien registration number; provided, however, that the department of unemployment assistance shall verify that claimant information and alien registration number with the United States Department of Homeland Security Citizenship and Immigration Service;
require noncitizen claimants who cannot provide an alien registration number during the new claim process to send copies of any official documents they have that authorize them to work in the United States to the unemployment insurance program integrity department;
issue no payment after the first payment until the claim has been verified by the secondary verification process and the issue is approved for a claim from a monetarily eligible noncitizen that could not be verified by the above processes;
institute a secondary verification process, using unemployment insurance program integrity department staff to review the documents and transmit pertinent information from the documents for verification with the Department of Homeland Security Citizenship and Immigration Service;
flag expiration dates of work authorizations or in the unemployment insurance system if such dates exist; and
report annually to the senate and house committees on ways and means and the executive office for administration and finance the amount of money recovered by the division from those who received benefits fraudulently as well as the numbers of recipients who were issued partial or lifetime disqualifications.
SECTION 154B. Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary and to prevent fraud and misuse of public assistance benefits, the department of transitional assistance shall:
(1) consistent with federal and state law, require all applicants for benefits to provide verification of citizenship or their legal alien status; provided, however, that noncitizens shall be required to provide documentation from the United States Department of Homeland Security Citizenship and Immigration Services for verification purposes; provided further, that if such documentation is not available or is questionable, the department shall use the federal SAVE system to verify their legal alien status and determine whether they are qualified aliens for benefit eligibility purposes;
(2) implement data matching with the department of revenue, the department of children and families, the division of unemployment assistance and any other relevant agencies to verify financial and categorical eligibility criteria;
(3) cooperate fully with the food and nutrition service of the United States Department of Agriculture in pursuing and prosecuting vendor fraud;
(4) refer all credible reports of fraud received from its fraud hotline or any other source to the bureau of special investigations for investigation;
(5) pursue, to the fullest extent possible, administrative disqualification penalties for instances of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and cash assistance fraud; and
(6) report annually to the senate and house committees on ways and means and the executive office for administration and finance the amount of money recovered by the division from those who received benefits fraudulently and the number of recipients who were issued partial or lifetime disqualifications.”