Since January 2017, immigrants and refugees have faced relentless hostility: Ugly, bigoted rhetoric. Attacks on family-based migration. The travel and refugee bans. A steep rise in detentions of immigrants with clean records and close family ties to the U.S. The end of DACA and of Temporary Protected Status for Haitians, Salvadorans and others.
In the face of all this, how could we stand by and do nothing?
Yet that’s just what the Massachusetts Legislature has done. With just weeks left in the 2017–18 session, they’ve taken no action whatsoever to protect immigrants in our Commonwealth.
The Safe Communities Act, backed by 95 legislative cosponsors and about 200 endorsing organizations, was sent to study. And now, as the House prepares to approve its fiscal 2019 budget, there are multiple anti-immigrant amendments on the table, but no new protections for immigrants.
This is not acceptable.
Call your Representative and Speaker Robert DeLeo right now to say: Inaction is not an option! Adopt key protections for immigrants – in the budget or through legislation – THIS YEAR!