The Latino population in Massachusetts reaches 428,729.
February 12 is the last day new Salvadoran migrants can qualify for temporary protected status. With the closing of this route for migration, Salvadorans arriving after this date have much more difficulty attaining work, housing, and education.
Democrat Jarrett T. Barrios is elected to the State Senate in the Middlesex, Suffolk, and Essex districts.
In November bilingual education is effectively ended by a vote on a referendum.
Felix Arroyo becomes the first Latino elected to the Boston City Council.
Democrat Jeffrey Sanchez is elected as a state representative in 2003. Latino population in Massachusetts reaches 490,839.
On April 10, some 2,000 demonstrators protesting a bill that would make illegal immigration a felony march from Boston Common to Copley Square, forcing road closures.
On May 1, as part of the Great American Boycott, about 2,500 people rally in Boston, and 5,000 in Chelsea, East Boston, and Somerville to protest proposed immigration policy changes.
As he prepares for his presidential run, Governor Mitt Romney proposes a plan to use Massachusetts state police to detain illegal immigrants.
2007 Governor Deval L. Patrick rescinds former Governor Mitt Romney’s immigration policy, and he changes and supplants it with one that deports the estimated 700 illegal immigrants sentenced to terms in state prisons.