Mass. Releases Comprehensive Plan For Integrating Immigrants

BOSTON — Gov. Deval Patrick is releasing Tuesday what is described as the most comprehensive plan for integrating immigrants into economic and civic life in Massachusetts. The 131 recommendations in the state-commissioned report known as the New Americans Agenda include giving drivers licenses and in-state tuition rates to illegal immigrants, as well as increasing funding for English-language instruction.

The Governor’s Advisory Council canvassed the state over the past year and worked on the report with the Massachusetts Office for Refugees and Immigrants. The agency’s executive director, Richard Chacón, joined us to talk about immigrant communities and the panel’s recommendations.

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  • P Henry

    I’m an Independent but it seems to me that all the Republicans have to do to get back in power is to support enforcing immigration laws and reject ridiculous proposals such as this. I don’t know anything that enrages people more than knowing their hard earned money is going to support people that are here illegally. If the Democrats have an ounce of common sense, they will steer very clear of giving illegal aliens privileges out of state citizens don’t even enjoy.

  • s boyle

    I agree wholeheartedly with P Henry. Giving drivers licenses and in-state tuition rates to illegal immigrants, as well as increasing funding for English-language instruction defeats the purpose of having any laws at all. I don’t understand the purpose of providing services and privileges to people who break the law. What about all those in our prisons who are actual American citizens – should we release them and give them back their privileges?

  • nick

    all this is doing to creating a moral hazard situation to encourage more illegal immigration to MA..what about the increase burden to the health care this will impose on the system. who is going to insure these these drivers? I feel ripped off that my family had to work and pay taxes into a system that will now subsidize those with no prior investment in this country…talk about a free rider problem…. Do students from Califronia get in state tuition..? NO.

  • Julie Heagney

    I am glad the governor has made a proposal to address issues related to immigrants in the Commonwealth, who represent 14% of the population and an even larger proportion of the younger labor force of the state. Massachusetts would have lost population in the past few years if it had not been for immigrants coming here. Do we want to lose a Congressional representative or two by driving out the immigrants? Do we want to support an aging population with fewer and fewer younger people? Talk about a strain on services. (I am 64 so I can say this.) Most immigrants do, in fact, pay taxes, and I like to see the social security coffers being replenished. Some of the previous bloggers generalize this proposal as applying solely to “illegal” immigrants, when it is actually a comprehensive proposal covering a wide range of issues related to immigrants. I am happy to lend a hand to people to learn English, acquire Citizenship, get health care and become part of this society — I think it is the right thing to do for my fellow human beings, but it is also in my self interest to do so. The U.S. has benefited from successive waves of immigrants for their talent, hard work and ambition — the countries from which they come may be different than the countries our forebears came from, but today’s newcomers will become integrated into this society just like our grandparents or great-grandparents did and the prejudices that prevail now will fade away.

  • Delaware Bob

    What you should be doing is passing a State Illegal Immigration Law like Oklahoma, Mississippi, Missouri, Georgia, Arziona, Utha, Nebraska, Rhode Island and a number of other States.

    When you get rid of all the illegal aliens, you will get rid of all the problems that go with them. THAT IS A FACT!

  • alex

    just look at Lawrence, MA

    its subsidized
    85% of their monies come from the state….
    it also has almost 20% unemployment..

    at this time there is no need/makes no sense to encourage more illegal immigration.
    not that it should be encourages anyways.

  • En

    I am a registered Democrat, and feel disturbed by this policy. Makes a mockery of people who abide by the laws. P Henry is right – all the Repub party has to do to become relevant again is give voice to the widely felt discomfort about subsidizing illegal workers.

    Also, isn’t it time we differentiated between those who are here out of a desperate need for work, and those who recognize and accept the duties and responsibilities inherent in “citizenship”?

  • Brittancus

    We think that today’s administration under President Obama or previous political parties had a goal of enforcing our immigration laws. But corrupt politicians intervened on behalf of the open border fanatics and special interest lobbyists. As with E-Verify that has become a spotlighted enforcement law, because it was originally nearly tabled by Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). But public uproar caused them to forcibly change their decisions and fully fund E-Verify for another 3 years. WITHOUT PUBLIC SUPPORT THEY WOULD NOT HAVE CAVED-IN? Right now it is the–ONLY–true enforcement tool implemented, but it is only as good–IF–business owners are forced to use it. Even though hundreds of thousands of companies have now decided to apply it, yet it is not MANDATORY? It is up to the discretion of employers? In a few states Representatives have introduced it into law, as with the fed’s issuing an ultimatum that all contractors/subcontractors must use E-Verify. Remember E-Verify does not need buses for deportation? Those here will self-deport. It will take time, but without access to jobs–THEY EVENTUALLY WILL LEAVE. THEY CALL IT “ATTRITION?”

    Justifiably bloggers should be either criticized for their anti-sovereignty stand, or praised for informing the unaware public of the taxpayers money needed to fund a 2009-2010 Comprehensive Immigration Reform. Rewarding the millions already illegally squatting here, with the costs to support families, children and those kin who will come here through sponsorship. THEN THE MILLIONS MORE WHO HAVE HEARD THE CALL FOR AMNESTY AND RUSH TO GET HERE FROM POOR NATIONS, BEFORE THE NEW LAW MATERIALIZES?

    House Judiciary Committee’s Ranking Member Lamar Smith (R-Texas) wrote an op-ed for the Washington Times today He stated that the Washington Times had slammed the Obama Administration for hardened enforcement. While the opposite reaction came from the open border advocates saying there was too much enforcement. However Rep. Smith determined the opposite? This is his statement:-

    * Rescinding of the “no-match” rule that prevents the Social Security Administration from contacting employers when a new hires name and social security number don’t match their records. “Without this protection, many employers will continue to employ individuals they know are illegal and are taking jobs that should go to citizens and legal residents,” Smith said.
    * Repeal of REAL ID in lieu of PASS ID, which makes it easier for illegal aliens to obtain a driver’s license. “This makes it easier for illegal immigrants to stay in the country. And it can provide terrorists with a legitimate ID – as we saw with the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorists, who between them obtained 30 driver’s licenses and ID cards,” Smith said.
    * Lack of funding for an airport biometric exit system that is part of a DHS proposal to monitor when foreign visitors leave the country. “40 percent of all 12 million to 20 million illegal immigrants in the United States entered the country legally but overstayed their visas. This program will show who did not leave the country when they should have,” Smith said.
    * Restricted the 287(g) program by limiting the ways local law enforcement officials can help federal immigration enforcement officials.
    * No funding for border fence, which was required by the Secure Fence Act of 2006.
    * Signing the CHIP bill making it easier for illegal aliens to get health care.
    * Reduced work site enforcement by shifting the focus away from the illegal workers and onto the businesses that hire them.
    * Allow states to provide in-state tuition to illegal aliens even though it violate federal law.

    Reading the Washington Times indicates to me, that they are pro illegal immigration, that is not in the American workers interest. They have consistently reacted to any enforcement of laws. They are obviously adverse to any immigration restriction, as the majority of the national press have indicated to us. Unlike the rural media who do not condone DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano’s rush to OVERPOPULATION through another BLANKET AMNESTY? Grade your Senator of Congressman/Woman on NUMBERSUSA website. Call them and reprimand them for approving another AMNESTY or anything else at 202-224-3121. The people of America have been blindsided to long and must become more involved. We all no by now we cannot trust our government anymore to do the right thing for all of us. To survive we must fight back or financially–SINK. Washington is truly a corrupt place, where taxpayers money is the bargaining chip. Read all at JUDICIAL WATCH, CAPSWEB, ALIPAC, AMERICAN PATROL & THE DARK SIDE OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION.

  • Julie B

    No way, lets get rid of the Democrats before they totally destroy the lives of American citizens.

    I have been a Denocrat for 30 years.. until now.

  • alex

    it has nothing to do with Patrick being a Democrat.
    it seems to me that he is doing this because he is appealing to those voters who will re-elect him into office…

    immigration is not an open book with one solution that will fix all…

  • http://www.wbur.org/2009/11/17/immigration-recommendations machado

    god bless america now its time to dream thanks to all true americans the rest its the same immigrants,thanks Patrick ,you are the man.rest in peace mtr Kennedy the job its getting done , AMERICA I LOVE YOU ….

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