In a surprising turn of events, the legislation replaced a narrower bill that was passed Wednesday over the objections of Republicans.Note how mandatory Health Insurance becomes a real club for other agendas. A lot more sophisticated control than running the risk of a cop checking your license. No wonder there are Tea Parties.
The measure, which passed on a 28-10 vote as an amendment to the budget, would bar the state from doing business with any company found to break federal laws barring illegal immigrant hiring. It would also toughen penalties for creating or using fake identification documents, and explicitly deny in-state college tuition for illegal immigrants.
The amendment would also require the state’s public health insurance program to verify residency through the Department of Homeland Security, and would require the state to give legal residents priority for subsidized housing.
The amendment will now be part of negotiations with the House as part of the entire state budget.
Friday, May 28, 2010
Via Boston.com: Mass. Senate passes crackdown on illegal immigrants