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Massachusetts Senate passes amendment cracking down on illegal immigration

The Massachusetts Senate delivered another message yesterday about illegal immigration and demonstrates, again, why I think it is the Democrats who are in hot water on this issue, not the GOP:

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.

Why, you wonder, would deeply blue MA pass anything like that?  Why would Democrats there go along?  Here’s why:

Democrats had resisted such a sweeping proposal, but spent last evening negotiating today’s measure, shortly after a new polled showed 84 percent of the liberal-leaning state’s voters supported tough immigration rules barring state services to illegal immigrants.

Taxpayers are dead freakin’ tired of paying for services for people who have entered the country illegally.  They’re dead freakin’ tired of watch the laws of the land being ignored.  And they’re especially dead freakin’ tired of those doing the ignoring.

You’re going to see more and more states do this until they force the Federal government and the Obama administration into doing its job.

~McQ

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11 Responses to Massachusetts Senate passes amendment cracking down on illegal immigration

  • Well, this is disappointing. Just think of it! First, Massachusetts voters put a Republican in Ted Kennedy’s seat, and now they’ve shown that they are code-word racists by talking about illegal immigrants. (For those who don’t understand what I mean, I discussed the fact that the whole “illegal immigration” thing is just a code word for racism against the noble brown people south of our border.)

    This isn’t the Massachusetts I knew.

    But things always go back and forth. And forth and back. And that’s not either a trite cliche that doesn’t mean anything, so stop saying that. It’s analysis {analysis, analysis, analysis}, which is totally different from opinion because I have advanced degrees and make trips to Europe with students.

    And don’t you dare bring up how I couldn’t resist commenting about your racism here at QandO even though I had a thousand better things to do in Austria. It’s not because I’m obsessed with coming here and lecturing down to dense righties. Nope. It’s research for my book “Righties in the Mist: Understanding the Pathologies of the Right by Examining them in Their Natural Blog Habitats.”

    Of course, I do have fun coming here. Not because I’m mentally unhealthy because I take pleasure in irritating other people, though. Stop saying that. There’s nothing wrong with me. I have a multiple truth that says so. Even though I don’t buy post-modernism. Either that, or it’s widely accepted and perfectly valid. Depending on what I need it to be to bash you righties on any given day. Which is part of the multiple truth thing and definitely not a contradiction or a lie. I decree it.

    • I’ve thought about it overnight, and my analysis {analysis, analysis, analysis} is that this was just a random, low-probability quantum event. It doesn’t mean anything. Some legislator probably was given a cat in a box, or something else like that which causes quantum events.

      Or maybe someone’s wife has to choose between two slips, and that caused a rave fiction to collapse. Such low probability events are possible because of Hindenberg’s Uncertainty Principle, which is also the foundation for the multiple truths in post-modernist political philosophy. So see, it all fits together.

      Thank goodness I’m around to explain these advanced concepts to you grunt engineer types. And if you even think about claiming that I don’t understand the nuances of quantum theory then you doth protest too much. I decree it.

  • If this becomes the law in Taxachusetts, any bets on whether Imeme and his gang will criticize the law (without bothering to read it, of course) and whether Bagman Holder will threaten to sue?

    As more and more states follow Arizona’s lead, Imeme and the left are going to look increasingly disconnected and silly.  Contrary to what lefties seem to believe, Americans are NOT a pack of closet klansmen who hate furriners in general and non-white people in particular.  Americans ARE, on the other hand, much concerned about their tax dollars and jobs being scarfed up by people who came here illegally.

  • Tis a sad day when even Taxachusetts is overrun by the “teabaggers”.

    Oh.  Wait a sec.

    RACISTS!!!

  • “and would require the state to give legal residents priority for subsidized housing.”

    I assume they are getting a guest room ready at the White House, because it looks like Auntie Zeituni is coming  to visit.

  • “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.”
    Well, they have the unions on board.

    • Considering it is (still I believe) a “closed shop” state, there’s no surprise.

  • I’m a long time conservative and Boston resident. The asshats on Beacon Hill have been running amuck with Deval Patrick in the corner office. Recently our sales tax was raised to 6.25%, a 25% increase. They added a sales tax on top off the excise tax already levied
    by the state.

    Aunt Zeituni, recently won her 5 year appeal stay in country. She is in her late 50′s but lives in public housing for the elderly. Whiskey tango…

    More General Court seats than ever are being contested.

    Healthcare=Bankruptcy…

    …but the times, they are a changing.

  • Are they going to boycott themselves?
    “and would require the state to give legal residents priority for subsidized housing.”
    This is extremely annoying. My wife is an immigrant and we had to sign affidavits saying we would not be eligible for any assistance (well, unless I die – yay!) Now my wife is taking some classes at an adult education center, and the other students asked her why she didn’t get food stamps or section 8 housing. Like it was a no brainer.
    I had to explain to my wife that times were tight, and we did not need help. Plus, our culture (used to at least) not look highly upon charity/welfare.
    Of course, I had to go to the website and see what it would take qualify. Actually, I think I could game my income and assets a bit and qualify. Get paid in cash and hide my assets overseas…say in Mexico?
    For the record, the person telling her about the joys of state assistance was of Russian origin. There is also a Mexican student there who is a welder who makes good money and works overtime…this is why the problem isn’t a race issue. Its a weird work-ethic/cultural issue that crosses racial and national lines.
    Another anecdote: I know a foreign female who is actively trying to get to Canada just for the welfare. I would never have really believed that before. Yeah,  maybe they come to Canada, have a hard time and need some help in the beginning. Nope. This person is laser-focused on the benefits alone.
    Milton Friedman wasn’t making stuff up.

  • A law with no enforcement is just a piece of paper with words on it.  I will beleive it when I see it.  In Mass case it still isnt a law.

  • Goddamn scum sucking puke yankee Democrat racists!  They are worse than the Arizonians!!

    (just a little happy piling on)