Legislators missed a key opportunity to protect our most vulnerable families when they failed to adopt four provisions from the Senate FY2019 into the final budget. But there's still a chance to right this wrong.
Toddlers torn from their mothers' arms. Children put in cages. Asylum-seekers escaping domestic abuse and gang violence told they're not welcome here. And it's not just at the border: In our own communities, families are being torn apart by overzealous immigration enforcement.
So what is Massachusetts doing to protect immigrant families? In May, the state Senate included 4 basic protections in its version of the FY2019 budget, to stop law enforcement from being co-opted by ICE and protect civil rights and due process. But facing a veto threat from Governor Baker and resistance from House conservatives, legislative leaders stripped those provisions from the final state budget.
The formal session ends at midnight on Tuesday, July 31. So please call your legislators TODAY and urge them to tell leadership: Find a way to include these provisions in legislation being brought to the floor before the session's end. I WILL VOTE FOR THEM. Time is short. Do it NOW!