One of the top headlines in Google News is a New York Times story from Massachusetts:
Surprising Immigration Crackdown AdvancesBy ABBY GOODNOUGH
Published: June 10, 2010
Doesn`t surprise me. But the reason it surprises the New York Times is that it`s happening in The People`s Republic Of Massachusetts:
Renata Teodoro at a vigil protesting the Massachusetts immigration measure, which gained support after Arizona passed its tough law.Andres Del Castillo, who just finished his freshman year at Suffolk University in Boston, is holding a vigil on the Statehouse steps to protest what could be the stateâ€™s harshest crackdown on illegal immigrants in decades. The plan, already approved by the Senate, must survive budget negotiations with the House to become law.And while Arizonaâ€™s tough new immigration policy seemed largely irrelevant here when it passed in April â€” both legislative chambers are controlled by Democrats who typically pay scant attention to the issue, and Bill Oâ€™Reilly of Fox News has derided Massachusetts as a â€?sanctuary stateâ€? for illegal immigrants â€” ripple effects hit almost immediately.
It`s not only Bill O`Reilly who thinks of Massachusetts as a sanctuary state—Deval Patrick,
the Governor, supports a state-wide sanctuary policy. It seems that the General Court of Massachusetts doesn`t agree with him. God knows, the voters don`, even in Massachusetts.