Immigration

 

Immigrants have helped shape the state we are proud to call home. I’ve seen first-hand the incredible contributions that immigrants have made to our society, starting with my father, who came to the United States from Costa Rica in high school and eventually became our nation’s first Latino astronaut.  Immigrants throughout our state deserve to be treated with dignity and respect, and I’ve worked hard to prevent anti-immigration sentiment from impeding practical public safety, education, and economic development policy.

As an advocate for positive immigration policies in Massachusetts, I am proud to be the lead sponsor of An Act Regarding Higher Education Opportunities for High School Graduates in the Commonwealth, a bill that provides equal access to higher education and financial assistance for Massachusetts DREAMers and have been accepted to a public college or university. This bill is about fairness to those who live in, work in, and contribute to our communities and our economy, not to mention our state's burgeoning need for more talented and educated members of our workforce.

I am also an active supporter of several immigration-related bills filed by other legislators, among them:

-          An Act Relative to Safe Driving, which would be an important step toward ensuring the safety of all Massachusetts drivers and passengers by decreasing the number of unlicensed and uninsured drivers on our roads.

-          The Safe Communities Act, which protects Massachusetts law enforcement agencies from federal overreach into local decisions regarding community safety and stops the diversion of scarce state and local tax dollars to federal responsibilities.

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