Rhode Island’s governor acts appropriately to quell illegal immigration

Meeting same resistance as unwavering Maricopa County law enforcers

The governor of the nation’s smallest state is reacting to the detrimental impact of illegal immigration.

Gov. Don Carcieri says illegal immigration has become such a problem—and cost the state so much money at a time that it is grappling with a $568 million budget deficit—that last month he signed an executive order directing state police to crack down on illegal immigrants.

Now, as in Arizona, liberal church leaders have urged him to rescind the order, saying it creates a climate of fear among minorities. Local police departments are divided, with some saying they’ll enforce the order.

Democratic Rep. Jon Brien backs Carcieri’s order and has submitted legislation to take it a step further by requiring every private employer in the state to use the same federal database to check the immigration status of their new hires.

“The workforce in the state of Rhode Island should be a legal one,” Brien said. “It puts everyone in the state on a level playing field.”

The state’s agreement to enforce immigration law is still being worked out, but State Police Maj. Steven O’Donnell said once in place, it will allow officers to inquire more deeply about the immigration status of anyone they contact if there’s a reason to think they are here illegally. That could be people who are arrested, motorists stopped by police or witnesses who report crimes.

“It’s very difficult to think about what drove the governor to do this. I’m amazed,” said Jaime Aguayo, a member of the governor’s Advisory Commission on Hispanic Affairs, which the governor did not consult before signing the order. Some members have threatened to quit in protest.

Interesting that a tiny eastern seaboard state would have instituted a Hispanic Affairs advisory commission. It’s doubtful there are similar commissions for other ethnic groups–nor should there be. Those of any ethnicity who come to this country through the legal channels provided are welcome to become Americans–not part of a hyphenated group, with the word “American” dangling on as an afterthought.

In 2002, Carcieri won the Republican primary over the endorsed candidate and went on to defeat the Democrat incumbent 55% to 45% in the general election. He won again in 2006.

We wish this courageous leader a continued, bright political future.

7 Responses to Rhode Island’s governor acts appropriately to quell illegal immigration

  1. RA says:

    Good for Carcieri. Ultimately this is the only way we’re going to be able to move toward and preserve a nation of equals as opposed to a nation of race- based castes for whom laws are selectively applied depending on ethnic group and economic class.

  2. Ajo Joe says:

    Gov. Carcieri sounds like my kind of guy. I applaud his actions and hope he doesn’t cave to the liberal pro-illegal immigration factions.

  3. zeezil says:

    Good for Gov. Don Carcieri and the citizens of Rhode Island. At least they won’t end up like Arnie and California:

    Have you heard the saying, when California sneezes, the rest of the country catches the flu? Generally what starts in California eventually spreads to the rest of the country. That is, unless a state takes measures to resist it. Unless every state realistically tackles illegal immigration by instituting Comprehensive Immigration ENFORCEMENT, which California has refused to do, this is what you can expect:

    As of 2006, California contained greater than 25% of the total illegal alien population within the U.S. Many of these illegals concentrate in Los Angeles. New statistics from the Department of Public Social Services reveal that illegal aliens and their families in Los Angeles County collected over $37 million in welfare and food stamp allocations in November 2007 – up $3 million dollars from September. Twenty five percent of the all welfare and food stamps benefits are going directly to the children of illegal aliens. Illegals collected over $20 million in welfare assistance for November 2007 and over $16 million in monthly food stamp allocations for a projected annual cost of $444 million. “This new information shows an alarming increase in the devastating impact Illegal immigration continues to have on Los Angeles County taxpayers,” said Antonovich, LA County Supervisor. “With $220 million for public safety, $400 million for healthcare, and $444 million in welfare allocations, the total cost for illegal immigrants to County taxpayers far exceeds $1 billion a year – not including the millions of dollars for education.”

    Just keep in mind that the $37 million a month is for only one county in one state and is only welfare and foodstamp benefits. It doesn’t include hospital care, education, fraud, wage depression, crime, depreciation of housing values, the portion of bad loans given to illegal aliens by banks, insurance costs and the myriad of other burdensome expenses that illegal aliens put on the backs of American citizens. There are 29 sanctuary cities in California and because of that there should be little wonder why so many illegal aliens stay in this state. They basically operate with impunity and even if they get arrested for a serious crime there is little chance of them being deported. They can sign up for welfare and food stamps with no questions asked and the hospitals provide them with free care as long as there are still emergency rooms that can’t turn them away for lack of funds. All things considered, California has rolled out the welcome mat for them.

    Is there any wonder that California is right now in a fiscal crisis emergency with a budget deficit greater than $14 billion and growing? Reliable estimates calculate illegal aliens cost the state $10.5 billion each year! So what’s Schwarzenegger’s solution? A 10 percent across-the-board reduction in state agency funding,, transferring $2 billion in spending to the next fiscal year and increasing taxes. Why not cut all public services to those not in the U.S. legally? Just a simple thought on my part that would go a long way to putting California back on its feet. A bell should be ringing in you head about right now that tells you this is what is coming throughout America if we don’t demand Comprehensive Immigration ENFORCEMENT instead of allowing Comprehensive Immigration Reform amnesty.

  4. zeezil says:

    After careful review, anyone with a even a modicum of logic can come to no other conclusion: illegal immigration must be halted, illegal immigrants here now must be deported and legal immigration needs decreased from the approx. 2 million allowed in per year currently.

    Please review the following report on the FISCAL COST OF IMMIGRATION by economist Edwin Rubenstein just released this past week:

    Click to access Rubensteinreport.pdf

    A partial summary of the report:

    The impact on 15 Federal Departments surveyed was: $346 billion in fiscal related costs in FY 2007.

    Each immigrant cost taxpayers more than $9,000 per year.

    An immigrant household (2 adults, 2 children) cost taxpayers $36,000 per year.

    Legal immigrants were not separated out from illegal immigrants for the fiscal impact study, but if they had been, the fiscal cost per ILLEGAL immigrant would be even more shocking than the figures quoted above.

    The most extensive and authoritative study, prior to economist Edwin Rubenstein’s “The Fiscal Impact of Immigration” (April 2008), is the National Research Council (NRC)’s The New Americans: Economic, Demographic and Fiscal Effects of Immigration (1997).

    The NRC staff analyzed federal, state, and local government expenditures on programs such as Medicaid, AFDC (now TANF), and SSI, as well as the cost of educating immigrants’ foreign- and native-born children.

    NRC found that the average immigrant household receives $13,326 in federal annual expenditures and pays $10,664 in federal taxes—that is, they generate a fiscal deficit of $2,682 (1996 dollars)per household.

    In 2007 dollars this is a deficit of $3,408 per immigrant household.

    With 9 million households currently headed by immigrants, more than $30 billion ($3,408 x 9 million) of the federal deficit represents money transferred from native taxpayers to immigrants.

    Our national immigration policies have to work for the United States. While improving the plight of the world’s poor is a laudable goal, the finite resources we have available to fulfill that goal would be swamped if there wasn’t some orderly and manageable system in place to limit entry into the United States to what this nation can actually support. The more illegal aliens that are permitted to subvert the immigration system, the fewer immigrants we can accommodate who might actually produce a positive benefit for our country.

    The more we become a nation of illegal immigrants, the deeper we fall into anarchy.

  5. RA says:

    Excellent reporting and analysis, zeezil!

  6. LeeAnn says:

    Well, If you are from the state of RI then you would know that Don Carcieri is not all he seems to be.. This is only one gesture to help the world as a whole and the deficit caused by illegal immigration.. These actions are coming from a gut who said “women on social welfare dont care about there children as much as women who go to work.” He has also made numerous racial comments on hispanics and other ethnic groups. His policies and legislation has lead to a high rate of “racial profiling” in the state of RI. This guy sucks and he needs to get out of office in RI.

  7. Maggie says:

    I’m not from Rhode Island, but I do live here in the border state of Arizona and deal with these issues ten times over and on a daily basis–as a lifelong resident of the state.
    Our sheriff, Joe Arpaio, is acting effectively to quell illegal immigration here, but it is a nearly impossible task. Approximately 4,000 a day are invading the United States, using AZ as a point of entry. Many of these people are OTM’s (Other Than Mexicans) who are coming from terror supporting nations.

    If you don’t like Carcieri’s comments, perhaps they hit too close to home. It would be uplifting for the children of welfare mothers to see their parent get off the welfare tolls and into the workforce to do something for herself and her family. That is bad? Wow, what a skewed view you hold.

    The term “racial profiling” has become a bell-ringer for liberals. I’ll bet you your welfare check that you are a democrat.

    Your governor sounds like a stand-up guy! I wish him continued success and you…. a job!