This Ma bill has more to do with Ma benefit policies in place than redefining immigration policy
Reader comment on: Massachusetts Cracks Down on Illegal Immigrants
Submitted by Ricky Greenfield (United States), May 30, 2010 22:00
The Democratic constituency in Ma as elsewhere is still the dependent class of citizens and non citizens and the Democrats who voted for this bill are taking a risk.
Notwithstanding the anonymous tipster aspect of the bill, something I hadn't heard about prior to your posting, there are a number of wrongs that are corrected by this legislation including in-state tuition abuses by illegals and public housing priorities of non citizens over citizens. These and a number of other state policy adjustments are the kind of things that have gotten out of hand in different ways here and legislation to correct them doesn't need Federal intrusion.
Yes, immigration policy belongs to the Federal government, but in the absence of leadership, the states have every right to fill the void as did Arizona in the face of a true domestic order crises. But more to the point, states like Ma ought to be able to correct their own policies in regard to their citizens, residents and people the federal law deems illegal. It'd be hard to argue otherwise.
While I haven't seen a final version, there doesn't seem to be any civil rights abuses real or implied in the bills that were being discussed prior to passage. Nor have I heard any of those in opposition to the legislation say there are and that they'd challenge the bill on that basis.
One more point. I would like to see legal immigration increased dramatically. It has always served this country well to give entry to those who want to come here and conform with the process needed to do that.
As long as our borders are as open as they are though, and the flow of illegals continues apace, our legal immigration process will suffer correspondingly and we'll be denied the flow of immigrants that helped make this country as healthy and strong as it has been in the past.
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