Massachusetts Companies Seek to Influence Immigration Laws

Big business and special interests are combining forces in Massachusetts to promote open borders and mass immigration. And the consortium could potentially stymie President Trump’s efforts to enact tougher immigration laws and put American workers first.

Executives from some of Massachusetts’ top business sectors came together on October 1st to launch the Massachusetts Business Coalition on Immigration (MBCI), a seemingly pro-business group which actually aims to supplant American workers with immigrants. The group was created by an even more insidious organization that advocates for blanket amnesty and porous borders, the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA).

The MBCI doesn’t shy away from its true motives, which are  to secure in perpetuity a reliable supply of cheap foreign labor and to shield it from deportation. Specifically, the MBCI is seeking to bolster Massachusetts’ “immigrant workforce – including DACA recipients, Temporary Protected Status holders, refugees, asylees, and H-1B aliens – through the state and federal legislative process” and grant them more legal protections. Similar business coalitions are active in Illinois, Florida, Texas, and Colorado.

In a press statement, the MBCI announced that the group hopes to counter what it calls President Trump’s “xenophobic agenda” against immigrants, and to partner with Congress and the state legislature to develop policies that strengthen the “incoming pipeline of [alien workers]” underpinning the Massachusetts economy.

This isn’t entirely surprising. Big business, and its gluttonous appetite for cheap foreign labor, has undermined American workers for years and is suppressing  wage growth. According to a survey by Envoy Global, 59% of [U.S. businesses] said they will hire more foreign employees, up from 50% who said so in 2017 and 34% in 2016.

The MBCI is no exception to this, and its members will most certainly continue to try and exploit immigrants to improve  their bottom line. It certainly has the necessary alien labor supply  and will have it into the foreseeable future. In fact, Massachusetts has one of the largest alien workforces in the country, where “one in five workers are foreign-born”, or roughly 783,551 residents. It is also home to approximately 236,460 illegal aliens, according to FAIR’s cost study on illegal immigration.

MIRA, which helped create the business coalition, is also in support of passing sanctuary laws in Massachusetts. It was especially involved with several grassroots campaigns that advocated for the passage of state sanctuary bills in 2017 and 2018 respectively. Given their partnership, it’s reasonable to assume that the business coalition will work in lock-step with MIRA to push for new state sanctuary laws – and the two groups may have the political support to advance their  immigration agenda.

The state legislature is controlled by Democratic supermajorities in both chambers and enjoys veto override powers against Governor Charlie Baker (R). The legislature was almost successful in becoming a sanctuary state after it adopted Amendment 1147 into its FY2019 budget. But, the amendment was subsequently stripped from the budget bill after lawmakers failed to find consensus within their caucuses.

It is likely that the legislature will again attempt turn Massachusetts into a sanctuary state. If MIRA and MBCI have their way,  the Bay State will become a magnet for criminal aliens and foreign workers.

About Author


Colton joined FAIR in 2018 as a legislative advisor for state and local policy. Prior to FAIR, Colton responded to constituent needs and legislative issues in the offices of U.S. Senator Thom Tillis and U.S. Representatives Virginia Foxx, Mark Meadows, and Richard Hudson. His congressional service covered a wide range of policy issues including agriculture, immigration, health care, welfare, and economic development. Before this, he was responsible for direct lobbying, grassroots mobilization, and strategic initiatives for several advocacy groups, including the North Carolina Association of Realtors, the Susan B. Anthony List, and Concerned Veterans for America. Colton holds a Bachelor of Science in Political Science and Sociology from Western Carolina University.


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    How about naming some names? Your allegations are vague and unactionable until you tell us who the key players are.

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      All you have to do is read the links supplied in blue, particularly the one “press statement”. Plenty of names there, both individuals and companies. It just takes the tiniest bit of effort to look at them. Among the demands are more imported workers “in STEM fields”. Which is business speak for “we want limitless visas so we can pay peanuts”. There are plenty of Americans who have degrees in STEM fields who cannot find jobs in their fields. Both Disney and Southern California Edison replaced their American workers with H1B visa workers and forced the American workers to train them if they wanted their severance packages.

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    When Senator Kamala Harris was questioning the acting director of ICE a few days ago she was trying to get him to admit that there is some legitimate comparison between ICE and the K#K#K because of the “perceptions” of “some in the immigrant community”. BS. Just another of the variations of the constant refrain that unless you are ultra left on certain issues you are a storm trooper, Klanmember, and on and on and on. The Klan operations were entirely against the law. ICE has a job to do and if illegals and those who apologize for them don’t like it, too bad.

    She also said she was introducing legislation to defund ICE deportation activities and instead spend the money on illegal children. She’s just another liberal who will deny deny deny she’s for open borders, but everything she supports favors open borders. A legitimate question for her would be isn’t it true and not a perception that you’re anti-law enforcement and a race baiter.

    Chief Justice Roberts chastised Trump for criticizing the Obama judge who issued a stay against his asylum policy. What makes judges the sole proprietor of all wisdom. That judge basically said there was no emergency because border apprehensions are down. Wrong. That’s just repeating the left wing propaganda of using any figures that support their argument. They were down in 2017, because as a lot of them admitted, they did not attempt the trip because they felt Trump’s policies would keep them out.

    Once it became clear that it was going to be the usual catch and release, the numbers were way up this year. That is why Trump changed the policy. These people know there is always going to be some judge who is looking to stop any border enforcement. Nor did this judge take into account that the big majority of these caravans by far are not women and children but single young men who left their female relatives behind in a country that is supposed to be so unsafe.

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    MIRA has been a corrupt racket aiding and abetting illegal aliens for decades. I encountered them when it was run by that sleazeball Ari Noorani. He’s since moved on to a more lucrative K Street gig, still pushing Open Borders. MIRA smeared anyone who dared suggest that immigration and labor laws be enforced as a racist. They lobbied for driver’s licenses for illegals. Today they’re hosting a Thanksgiving dinner for illegals at the Massachusetts State House.