Four provisions included in the Senate FY2019 budget could make our Commonwealth much safer and more welcoming – but we need House leaders and Governor Baker to get them in the final budget!
Toddlers torn from their mothers' arms. Children put in cages and warehoused at an old Walmart. 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 the House has done NOTHING, and Governor Baker has threatened to veto the protections if they're part of the final state budget.
So please call, email and tweet at your Rep and urge them to tell Speaker DeLeo: If you bring these provisions to the floor, I WILL VOTE FOR THEM. Time is short. Do it NOW!