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    Hey, Rhode Island Already Checks Immigration Status At Traffic Stops

    Hey, Rhode Island Already Checks Immigration Status At Traffic Stops

    Rhode Island is the new Arizona. No, actually, Arizona is the new Rhode Island.

    Despite the failure of the Rhode Island legislature to pass an Arizona-like immigration bill, Rhode Island already has implemented the critical piece of the Arizona law, checking the immigration status of people stopped for traffic violations where there is a reasonable suspicion, and reporting all illegals to federal authorities for deportation.

    As reported in The Boston Globe (h/t SoccerDad via TNR), R.I. troopers embrace firm immigration role:

    From Woonsocket to Westerly, the troopers patrolling the nation’s smallest state are reporting all illegal immigrants they encounter, even on routine stops such as speeding, to US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, known as ICE.

    “There are police chiefs throughout New England who hide from the issue . . . and I’m not hiding from it,’’ said Colonel Brendan P. Doherty, the towering commander of the Rhode Island State Police. “I would feel that I’m derelict in my duties to look the other way.’’

    Rhode Island’s collaboration with federal immigration authorities is controversial; critics say the practice increases racial profiling and makes immigrants afraid to help police solve crimes.

    This is too rich. Who would have thought that my home state, the state of Sheldon Whitehouse, is “racist” by the definition of the liberal wing of the Democratic Party?

    I can’t wait for Whitehouse to give a speech on the floor of the Senate associating the Rhode Island State Police with the “fanatics, the people running around in right-wing militia and Aryan support groups.” After all, if racists oppose illegal immigration, then everyone who opposes illegal immigration must be a racist.

    But put racial politics aside.

    We have an issue of federal preemption, don’t we? Isn’t that why Obama has sued the State of Arizona?

    Sure, Rhode Island doesn’t impose its own penalties, but doesn’t Rhode Island’s enforcement of federal immigration laws complicate and overburden federal enforcement?

    Step up to the plate, Messrs. Obama and Holder, sue Rhode Island. Because we don’t have enough problems.

    Update: Ed Morrissey notes that Rhode Island didn’t bother passing legislation, in 2008 the Governor signed an executive order mandating immigration checks on all new state workers and ordering State Police to assist federal immigration officials. So why hasn’t Rhode Island been singled out by Obama? Morrissey writes:

    In fact, Rhode Island does exactly what Arizona belatedly decided to do, which is to get serious about immigration control and enforcing the law. The only difference is that Rhode Island began doing it before Barack Obama needed a distraction from a hugely unpopular ObamaCare bill and thought a fight over immigration would bolster Democrats in the midterms.

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    Do I hear any calls for a nationwide boycott of the racist State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations?

    I know an illegal, he works for a friend of mine, doing odd jobs and such. he was framing houses before the housing market went bust. I asked Alphonso (the illegal) the other day if he would like to become an American citizen and he replied "no"! If an illegal refuses amnesty must he then be deported? just wondering……

    How silly. Of course it is different when RI assists the Federal Government in immigration enforcement than when Arizona does it. Democrats in RI do it with the best intentions while Arizonans do it because they are racist Republicans.

    Clear now?

    This is the rebuttal to Chris Matthews ridiculous predictions from this video.

    What is MSNBC’s Chris Matthews Thinking? http://mittromneycentral.com/2010/07/07/what-is-msnbcs-chris-matthew-thinking/

    Once you watch this video, you’ll be wondering the same thing. It’s baffling.

    "Makes immigrants afraid to help police solve crimes."

    What a load of crap. 85% of citizens in the U.S. are natural born, I'm not buying the argument that a 25% minority are key factors in crime solving.

    If our legal immigrants are so distrustful and lacking in confidence in our police forces that they think that if they help with a crime than the cops will magically deport them even though they are legal then that's their problem.

    Illegal immigration *is itself* a crime, by the way, so basically the argument is idiotically saying we shouldn't fight one crime because somehow it will make crime hard to fight. Give me a break. And how about all the violent crimes perpetuated by the leaders of smuggling rings against the illegals? Isn't that worth undermining via tougher laws?

    If legals want to help the police solve crimes than they need to back anti-illegal immigration laws (which despite the articles assertions, most naturalized citizens ((including those of Hispanic descent)) are actually *for*), and take a stand against those who are breaking and entering into our country.


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