Massachusetts Senate approves banning undocumented immigrants’ access to public benefits. The Senate approved a measure that will cut off access to state healthcare, welfare, housing, unemployment, and in state tuition to undocumented immigrants. The measure is in the form of a proposed budget amendment that will now go to the House and Governor to be approved.
Copycat immigration law postponed until 2011 in South Carolina. With the legislative session ending Thursday, the Senate subcommittee laid the immigration debate to rest for this year, but set the stage for discussions in 2011.
North Carolina becomes the 18th state to move forward with copycat legislation. Senator Don East (R) filed a joint resolution (SJ 1349) that would allow a version of Arizona’s law to be filed during the short session of the General Assembly this year. So far, the resolution has 12 sponsors.
Resolution in support of Arizona’s immigration law passed Tennessee House. By a 67 to 27 vote, the House passed a resolution stating Tennessee’s support of Arizona’s immigration law. The resolution now goes to the Senate.
Allie Bullard is a policy and outreach fellow for Sojourners. She is a graduate of Duke Divinity School (M.T.S.) and a rising third year at the University of South Carolina School of Law.