Enacting Protections for Immigrants in Massachusetts — We’re Almost There!

In late May, thanks to mobilizing across the state, the MA Senate approved a budget amendment to protect immigrant families. Woo hoo! But since the House did not pass similar protections, a budget Conference Committee will sort out whether to include immigrant protections or not.  For some of us in Roslindale, Jeffrey Sanchez is our state representative – and he is also the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, an important leadership position in this debate.

That makes Roslindale, JP and Brookline residents a key population to make sure that these protections for immigrants make it into the final version of the FY2019 MA budget.

We need Chairman Sanchez to use his leadership role to make basic protections for immigrants a reality this year.

We ask everyone to make two or three calls: to Chairman Sánchez (617-722-2990) and to Speaker DeLeo (617-722-2500). If your representative is other than Chairman Sanchez, please also call your own state representative (find their number here). Be sure to also call Chairman Sanchez even if he is not your rep! See call scripts below.

SAMPLE SCRIPTS


Representative Jeffrey Sanchez – 617-722-2990

Dear Representative Sanchez,

[If you are his constituent, say so!]

Please take a strong leadership role in fighting for basic protections for immigrant families in the final FY2019 budget.

This is Massachusetts. We can’t stop ICE from breaking up families in our communities, but we should not help them do it. I am counting on you to use your leadership role to make these basic protections a reality.

Thank you!
[Your name]
[Your address or just your town]

For Speaker DeLeo – 617-722-2500

Dear Speaker DeLeo,

Please urge the budget Conference Committee to include protections for immigrant families in the final FY2019 state budget.

This is Massachusetts. We can’t stop ICE from breaking up families in our communities, but we should not help them do it.

Thank you!
[Your name]
[Your address or just your town]

Representatives Other than Sanchez
Click here to find their contact info
Don’t use this script for DeLeo or Sanchez!

Dear Representative [name]:

I am your constituent, and I’m asking you to urge Speaker DeLeo and the budget Conference Committee to include protections for immigrant families in the final FY2019 state budget.

This is Massachusetts. We can’t stop ICE from breaking up families in our communities, but we should not help them do it.

Thank you!
[Your name]
[Your address or just your town]

Governor Baker – 617-725-4005

Dear Governor Baker,

Please stop playing politics with immigrant families, and support protections for immigrant families in the final FY2019 budget.

This is Massachusetts. We can’t stop ICE from breaking up families in our communities, but we should not help them do it.

[Your name]
[Your address or just or town]

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