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Chafee rescinds E-Verify order

January 5, 2011

PROVIDENCE — Making good on one of his principal campaign promises, Gov. Lincoln Chafee Wednesday signed an executive order revoking the controversial Illegal Immigration Control Order issued by former Gov. Donald Carcieri more than two years ago.
Carcieri’s order required all state departments and all contractors doing work for the state to use the federal E-Verify system to ensure all newly hired personnel were in the country legally and were eligible to work. It also required that State Police, corrections officials and the Parole Board to work with the federal Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to assist them in enforcing immigration law.
That order was rescinded in its entirety. Chafee said the state’s position on immigration is going back to what it was on March 26, 2008, the day before Carcieri’s order was signed. Memorandums of agreement between ICE and the State Police and corrections department will be revoked, Chafee said.
Chafee said his administration would work with the immigrant community and the State Police, “to make sure we are enforcing the law to the best of our ability, but not doing immigration and customs work.”
In contrast to Carcieri’s statement when he signed his order, saying “If you are here illegally, you don’t belong here,” Chafee said that in signing his order the state was living up to the standard set by founder Roger Williams, to be a place marked by “welcoming, tolerance, personal rights and the broadest freedoms in the world at that time.”
Executive Order 11-02 states in part that “the Illegal Immigration Control Order does not effectively address the state’s fiscal or unemployment problems” and that the order “has been an agent of divisiveness, incivility and distrust among the state’s citizens.”
Chafee signed the order before a clapping, cheering, standing-room-only, predominantly Latino crowd at the International Institute in Providence.
He said “the Latino community and all our immigrant communities are vibrant, hard-working, civically-engaged groups that have made significant contributions to our state.”
Asked how he would prevent illegal aliens from taking jobs with state government, as many employees of a janitorial service working for the courts and the attorney general’s office were found to be several years ago, Chafee said, “ICE has a presence here. That’s their job.”
Chafee frequently referred to Carcieri’s order as the “E-Verify executive order.” On Wednesday he said, “the use of E-Verify has been a divisive issue causing unnecessary fear and anxiety in our immigrant community. We should be welcoming these great Rhode Islanders and I believe E-Verify has not been effective in addressing these very, very complex immigration issues.
Chafee said he believes immigration issues should be dealt with at the national level and he promised to be active in addressing them through the National Governors Association “urging the federal government to act so we don’t have these Arizona-type laws popping up state by state.
Arizona was criticized by immigrants and civil-rights groups for a law signed into law by Gov. Jan Brewer that dealt harshly with illegal immigrants. That law is currently being challenged in federal courts by the Obama administration.
Chafee said he would like to revive legislation introduced when he was in the U.S. Senate called the McCain-Kennedy bill, which offered a path to citizenship to immigrants who are in the country illegally. The bill was not passed. Sen. Edward Kennedy has since died and Sen. John McCain, who was the 2008 Republican candidate for president has repudiated the measure.
The governor said he is working with State Police Col. Brendan Doherty “about how we are going to continue to enforce the law.” Asked about Doherty’s position that State troopers should ask about the immigration status of individuals if they suspect they are here illegally, Chafee responded that there will be continuing conversations about what to do when someone is caught breaking the law. He added, however that “Any colonel works for the governor and reflects their positions,” but he was quick to add after a raucous cheer rose from the spectators that he would also listen to Doherty.
In response to questions from reporters, Chafee said, “My view is that Rhode Island can grow economically by being a tolerant place to do business. We toured Broad Street (in Providence), a lot of Latino businesses are springing up on Broad Street, a formerly depressed area. We want that revival to continue, whether it is in Central Falls, Pawtucket, Woonsocket, the immigrant-rich areas, I want to see them prosper.”

Comments

Chaffee wants to take away all of our rights as Americans!!!!

January 22, 2011 by Jeffo46 (not verified), 3 years 48 weeks ago
Comment: 171

Shame on all of you who voted this career, so called, "Politcian", into office as Rhode Island's governor. Anyone with a brain can truly see that he is only riding the coattails of his dad, who was a great man. Lincoln on the other hand, was a spoiled rich kid, who IMO, probably never did a hard day's work in his life and had every thing handed to him on a silver platter. This is a idiot who admitted on a Sunday edition of NBC 10 news, that he did do Pot, Cocaine, and experimented with other drugs when he was younger, and it's obvious the results have effected his brain cells. First of all, doing away with E-verify is only going to make it much easier for illegals to take away jobs from us American citizens, and with the economy being the way that it is right now, that's the last thing we need. But seeing that most of the labor unions paid for his votes to get into office as governor, it should be no surprise as to why he did away with that. Typical R.I. politics, one hand feeds the other, huh Linc? And now he wants to do away with talk radio? Sorry pal, there there is a thing in this country called freedom of speech, and talk radio happens to be protected under that. If you deal with the fact that people talk smack about you, and knowing that most of it is the truth, then maybe you should just take the millions that you inherited from dear ole' dad and do everyone here in R.I. who actually gives a damm, and just get the hell out of office AMIGO!

And I worked on his campaign......

January 17, 2011 by SaveOurNation (not verified), 3 years 48 weeks ago
Comment: 165

I knew deep down when I was bashing Caprio on blogs and online article comments that I was making a choice between two evils. For a time I actual felt that Chafee might have a had a patriotic bone in his body. But like my gut told me, I was wrong. According to the Department of Homeland Security, it is a federal law to use e-verify. Although I am a believer in our Constitution (which is becoming a dangerous thing to admit nowadays) I don't feel that a state's rights should extend to turning a blind eye to criminality. I'm well aware that there has been an agenda set out by the media to demonize thoughs who are against illegal immigration (which is a pure form of 1984 doublethink) but I hold no racist views or grudges, I simply recognize the fact that crime is crime. Remember the key word is "illegal" in the phrase illegal immigrant. They pay no taxes yet they have the luxury of public services. They are free to commit any crime imaginable because they hold no identification and the police don't want to deal with the bother of going through a complicated system to charge them. But hey, whatever lines the pockets of those who got you elected, eh Chafee? Because after all, it is the scum of our society that makes 6 figures+ by taking short cuts by employing illegals. Our country's unemployment is out of control and manipulated figures in the mainstream media are a shadow of the real number. Illegal immigration is a problem Chafee, and if you weren't such a career politician who just panders to who ever will re-elect you, you'd understand what it meant to be an American instead of the overpaid beaurocrat I always knew you were.

E-verify

January 7, 2011 by rshoughton (not verified), 3 years 50 weeks ago
Comment: 160

This country was built by immigrants all Americans know this. My great grandparents came from Italy. They needed papers to get here just like everyone else! Then they worked hard and they loved this country. My grandfather fought in the war for this country. I am an American, but when I apply for a job I need to give a copy of my license and social security card...guess what Chafee these are papers for an American! These items prove who I am. If your not illegal why would you have anxiety filling out paperwork. What is happening to our country? Rescinding this law just gives the wrong message to the wrong people.

E-verify

January 7, 2011 by strawboss66 (not verified), 3 years 50 weeks ago
Comment: 158

Here goes the neighborhood. I always thought that a "GOOD" American was expected to report crimes to the authorities. I also believe it to be a crime to withhold information about a crime. That means that Chaffee is contributing to a crime. That makes him a crook. I am not against immigration. I am against coming here illegally. It is only a matter of time before the terrorists start coming through Mexico. If they do I hope one or two find employment with the Chaffee group. His rescinding of the E-verify will come back to bite him and I hope it is soon.

Chaffee Rescinds E-Verify

January 6, 2011 by my2cents (not verified), 3 years 50 weeks ago
Comment: 157

I cannot believe that with the state of the economy in Rhode Island, the percentage of unemployed LEGAL americans that Chafee has chosen to go this route. I think it's ridiculous in the very least, I have witnessed illegal immigrants get free medical, housing ,food for themselves and their children yet legal american citizens often are turned away or funding runs out to help those who have followed the rules and pay taxes.

I have no problem with immigrants, but I have a problem with people sneaking into this country and not following the rules that our own grandparents and parents have had to follow! Just gonna go deeper in debt the State of RI will never bounce back if this turning of the other cheek continues. Perhaps we should take Arizona's stand!

Same old Chaffee

January 6, 2011 by SabreSolair (not verified), 3 years 50 weeks ago
Comment: 156

Soft on crime especially if it includes catching and deporting the illegals who illegally voted to get Chaffee into office.

Chaffee rescinds E-Verify order

January 6, 2011 by Horationelson (not verified), 3 years 50 weeks ago
Comment: 155

The article notes that Mr. Chafee signed the order before a "clapping, cheering, standing-room-only, predominantly Latino crowd." Yet Latinos aren't the only ones who support the governor's action. As a non-Latino, I'd like to add my own kudos to the celebratory chorus.

You must own a diner or a

January 18, 2011 by SaveOurNation (not verified), 3 years 48 weeks ago
Comment: 167

You must own a diner or a landscaping company then to agree with this. The only way this could be agreeable to you is if you are an employer of ILLEGAL immigrants and thusly a criminal yourself. The 6 figure making scum that cuts corner and gives criminals the opportunity should be the one's punished. ILLEGALS pay no taxes yet they are given all the benefits and beginning to muster more and more as bleeding heart liberals and neo-libs try to demonize people who align themselves with logic, the ones you recognize that an extra 60 million undocumented non taxpaying social class and a depression error economy go hand in hand. I don't blame ILLEGAL who escapes their CIA supported dictators, I blame the uneducated and the greedy individuals in our own country who have contributed to this problem and to this day go unpunished.

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