Welcome to FindLaw's coverage of existing Massachusetts legislation and rules related to individuals' immigration status. Below you will find information on what, if any, rules Massachusetts has regarding immigration checks by law enforcement, educational institutions, and employers, as well as the existence of E-Verify requirements, restrictions on public benefits based on an individual's immigration status, and more.
Under a federal program called "Secure Communities," all arrestees are fingerprinted and run through a federal database which checks their criminal record and immigration status.
Refer to federal employment eligibility verification rules and the requirements for Form I-9.
State agencies must use E-Verify to check the employment authorization status of new hires.
Must show proof of U.S. citizenship or legal residency and date of birth. May present a utility bill or similar correspondence to prove Mass. residence. Must present valid Social Security card.
Under federal law, illegal immigrants are prohibited from receiving most public benefits. However, they are allowed to receive emergency services, health care and other programs that have been deemed "necessary to protect life and safety."
No voter identification requirements.
Contact a qualified immigration attorney to help you get the best results possible.