October 9, 2011

THAT WOULD BE RED, WHITE AND BLUE BLOOD:

R.I. slashes restrictions on illegal immigrants (Maria Sacchetti, October 8, 2011, Boston Globe)

Governor Lincoln D. Chafee, who took office in January, has dismantled Rhode Island's vigorous campaign against illegal immigration in recent months, ditching the E-verify system for checking workers' status, revoking the State Police's authority to enforce federal immigration laws, and leading a campaign that last week granted in-state tuition to unauthorized immigrants. He is even considering driver's licenses for immigrants living here illegally.

The stunning turnaround reflects the fickle nature of immigration politics in a state that still remains deeply divided over the issue, with critics vowing to fight Chafee's actions. But it is also a lesson in the growing power of the Latino vote, and how an unlikely alliance between immigrants and Chafee, a risk-taking blueblood politician, tipped the scales and propelled Rhode Island in a new direction.

It's an especially hypocritical state to be anti-immigrant.

Posted by at October 9, 2011 7:50 AM
  

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