A prolonged checklist of Democrat and Republican lawmakers in Massachusetts known as on high Congressional officers in Washington and the Biden administration to go immigration reform because the state offers with a surge of migrants and a scarcity of emergency shelter.
The letter, signed by greater than 60 representatives and senators, comes as Democratic strain mounts on the Biden administration and Congress from a number of states as they grapple with find out how to deal with 1000’s of latest arrivals getting into already overburdened shelter methods.
Sen. Marc Pacheco, Taunton Democrat, led the letter, which argues that complete immigration reform is urgently wanted to deal with a dysfunctional entry system and a “rapidly-devolving” workforce scarcity.
“Our outdated federal immigration system is in desperate need of reform,” the lawmakers wrote. “Our country needs a functional gateway at the border that safeguards our national security from illegal entrants while providing noncitizens seeking lawful entry a practical means of obtaining approval to reside and find gainful employment.”
The lawmakers are in some methods echoing an analogous name from Gov. Maura Healey, who has pressed Biden administration officers to expedite work authorizations for newly-arrived migrants within the hopes that employment will assist them rapidly transition out of emergency shelters.
In her personal letter this month, Healey requested U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas to place in place a handful of regulatory modifications that Healey stated would assist migrants rapidly and effectively apply for work authorizations.
Pacheco and the lawmakers argued that an inflow of immigrants to the United States “has historically helped establish a robust domestic workforce.”
“We the undersigned members of the Massachusetts General Court respectfully urge the United States Congress to act expeditiously to enact legislation relative to comprehensive immigration reform and, in doing so, help resolve the dual crises of a dysfunctional immigration system and a rapidly-devolving domestic workforce shortage,” the letter concluded.
The letter was addressed to President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Majority Leader Steve Scalise, and House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries.
Among the Massachusetts signatories are Assistant Majority Leader Sen. John Lovely, Assistant Majority Whip Sen. Julian Cyr, and House Minority Leader Rep. Brad Jones.
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