Karyn Polito on Immigration
Eleventh Worcester Republican (MA State Rep)
This vote was on an amendment to a bill concerning in-state tuition rates. The amendment would allow children of undocumented immigrants to access in-state tuition rates at public colleges and universities rates provided they went to Massachusetts high school for three years, were in the process of becoming citizens or pledged to start the process once they became eligible and could provide proof that they are state tax payers. Voting YES indicates support of more equal treatment for children of undocumented immigrants.
The relevant part of the MassDems Platform is Part V. LABOR, clause 13: We believe that refugee and immigrant workers should have the same rights and protections... as do United States citizens.
Bill H. 1230 lines 17-23; vote number H329
Gov. Romney vetoed budget section 210, which says. "Section 4 of MGL chapter 71A is hereby further amended to add:--"Foreign language classes for children who already know English, 2-way bilingual programs... shall be unaffected." [MGL chapter 71A requires English-only classroom teaching. Section 210 would exempt "2-way classes" in which some students are native English speakers and some are non-native English speakers. A vote to override the Governor's veto would continue to allow that type of bilingual education although foreign-language classes without native English-speaking students woul still be disallowed.]
The relevant part of the MassDems Platform is "We reaffirm our support for classroom programs, including Special and Bilingual Education"
Source citation: Excellence, Equality and Community; Bill Section 209 ; vote number 266