Western Massachusetts students traveled to the State House on Tuesday, demanding that House Speaker Robert DeLeo take action to pass and endorse four pro-immigrant provisions.
Students and rally supporters are asking DeLeo to include the four provisions into the final budget.
The provisions, which would ensure immigrants have the right to due process in the state of Massachusetts, are currently being debated in the state’s conference committee.
One Hampshire College student told 22News, it’s important to work together to support immigrant communities across the state.
“I feel like students have a capacity and a privilege to, and a lot of resources to reach out to the communities that are like most marginalized and most affected,” said Lexx Cespedes of Northampton.
“We don’t want our local communities to divert resources and send them to ICE, so ICE can come into our homes and take our family,” said Eduardo Samaniego of the Pioneer Valley Workers Center.
The event was organized by the Massachusetts Safe Communities Coalition and sponsored by the Pioneer Valley Workers Center.