Photo: Lincoln Chafee
Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee has rescinded an executive order signed in 2008 that directed state departments and vendors that do business with the state to use E-Verify as well as the police to enter into agreement [287(g).] with federal immigration authorities.
The move fulfills Chafee’s campaign promise to end an order he deems divisive.
“My view is that Rhode Island can grow economically by being a tolerant place to do business,” Chafee said. “The immigrant-rich areas, I want to see them prosper, and they need it.”
Chafee believes that immigration enforcement needs to be dealt with on a federal level. He also is on record as supporting a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants.
Immigrants gave Chafee a standing ovation as he entered the room Wednesday. Many view this executive order being rescinded as a sign of tolerance and respect.
“We come here to work hard. I know some people make mistakes—not all of them. Most of us are working hard, make better lives, live the American dream,” said Frank Garcia, a Guatemalan immigrant who lives in Providence and works for a printing company.