‘Defeating anti-immigrant amendments is not enough’

The House vote came just six days after a large demonstration by children and clergy to advocate for immigrant families.

BOSTON, April 26, 2018 – Yesterday afternoon, the Mass. House of Representatives defeated all proposed anti-immigrant amendments to the House Ways & Means budget. But the House also chose not to adopt new protections for immigrants.

Eva A. Millona, executive director of MIRA, the largest coalition in New England promoting the rights and integration of immigrants and refugees, made the following statement:

“We are relieved that the Mass. House of Representatives defeated all the anti-immigrant budget amendments that would have entangled police in civil immigration enforcement and punished cities and towns that protect immigrants.

“The strong, bipartisan roll-call vote (145 to 10) against one such proposal, Rep. Jim Lyons’ amendment #347, shows that in Massachusetts, there is no political will to enlist our police in the federal crusade against immigrants. The Supreme Judicial Court’s Lunn v. Commonwealth decision, which barred law enforcement from honoring ICE detainers, still stands.

“But defeating anti-immigrant amendments is not enough. Immigrants in our Commonwealth urgently need new legal protections. To do nothing in the face of grave injustice is unacceptable. We will continue the fight in the Senate.”