Though immigration has been a key issue during most election cycles, it seems to have taken a backseat to COVID-19 in 2020. Nevertheless, there are migrant communities across the Commonwealth and the country who are in need of legislative action to ameliorate the many hardships that they have been facing for decades.

Meaningful immigration reform legislation such as the Safe Communities Act, which would ensure that immigrants can access the police, court, and medical attention without fear of immigration consequences, and the Work and Family Mobility Act, which will ensure that everyone can drive safely, are both currently sitting on Beacon Hill. These reforms would make communities across the Commonwealth more and inclusive, safer, and better suited to combat the ongoing pandemic.

To discuss these bills, I invited Eva Millona, President and CEO of MIRA, to my program. MIRA stands for Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy, and they have been at the forefront of reforming immigration policy in the Commonwealth for over 30 years.

We discussed these important legislative initiatives, and more broadly, what national changes in immigration policy MIRA is looking forward to with the incoming Biden Administration. You can listen to the full conversation here:

Marcus Ferro is the host of The Marcus Ferro Show airing Saturdays on 1420 WBSM from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Contact him at marcusferrolaw@gmail.com. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.

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