Posted by Jeremy Shulkin
The state senate has weighed in on the illegal immigration debate, and most of those protesting outside of City Hall in the past month over the boycott Arizona measure won’t be pleased.
And, from The Boston Globe this new law calls for a business boycott like the Arizona measure did, but comes at it from a different angle:
The measure would bar the state from doing business with any company found to break federal laws barring the hiring of illegal immigrants.
The prospects for the measure to become law, however, are uncertain. Not only would it have to make the final budget plan lawmakers approve for next fiscal year, but it would also have to survive a possible veto by Governor Deval Patrick, who has been cool to such initiatives.
Want to know how your local senator voted? The Telegram has the run-down:
The measure got strong support from Senate members from Central Massachusetts. Leominster’s Ms. Flanagan, Stephen M. Brewer, D-Barre; Harriette L. Chandler, D-Worcester; Michael O. Moore, D-Millbury; Richard T. Moore, D-Uxbridge; and Karen E. Spilka, D-Ashland, all voted for the amendment. James B. Eldridge, D-Acton, opposed the measure.