Democrat State Senator Richard Moore and Republican State Senator Bruce Tarr have co-authored a massive illegal immigration enforcement bill in Massachusetts that the two lawmakers hope will come up for a vote during the current session. The bill would deny illegal aliens access to in-state tuition, overturn Gov. Deval Patrick's policy by requiring the state to join Secure Communities, and punishes employers who hire illegal aliens.
The bill includes the following provisions:
- Require the Executive Office of Oublic Safety to comply with the federal program Secure Communites. Secure Communities is a partnership between local law enforcement and DHS that checks the immigration status of anyone jailed in a local jail.
- Requires that individuals charged with certain crimes have their immigration status checked.
- Increases penalties for the creation, dissemination, and use of false identification materials.
- Requires public contractors to ensure that there workforce is legally authorized to work in the United States.
- Denies illegal aliens access to welfare benefits and in-state tuition.
- Deny illegal aliens access to state subsidized housing and empowers local officials to better enforce local coding to ensure that single-family housing units don't become multi-family housing units.
- Tightens the requirements for registering a motor vehicle to reduce the chance that illegal aliens can register a vehicle.
- Increases penalties for anyone driving without a driver's license.
- Requires the state Attorney General to establish a complaing process for employers who hire unauthorized workers. Should it be found that an employer has hired illegal workers, the AG is to (1) alert ICE as to the presence of the worker, (2) alert local authorities as to the presence of the worker, (3) alert DOR about the employer's actions, (4) alert ICE about the employer's actions, and (5) bring action against the employer.
Originally Published: Tue, Sep 27th 2011 @ 10:55am EDT