Watching the House: Different Perspectives on Illegal Immigration

Then there is H 5367 (Proposed by Representatives Peter Palumbo–Deputy Majority Leader, Stephen Ucci, Joe Trillo, Raymond Church, and Arthur Corvese) which seeks to create “THE ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION RELIEF ACT”. The purpose of which is:

This chapter seeks to secure to those lawfully present in the United States and this state, whether or not they are citizens of the United States, the right to live in peace free of the threat [of] crime, to enjoy the public services provided by this state without being burdened by the cost of providing goods, support and services to aliens unlawfully present in the United States, and to be free of the debilitating effects on their economic and social well being imposed by the influx of illegal aliens to the fullest extent that these goals can be achieved consistent with the Constitution and Laws of the United States and the state of Rhode Island.

Read it all. It holds both illegal immigrants and those who employe accountable. Meanwhile, H 5392 (Proposed by Representatives Jon Brien, Douglas Gablinske, Arthur Corvese, Palumbo, and Timothy Williamson–Senior Deputy Majority Leader) puts the onus completely upon the employer side of the equation. Technically, it is an attempt to get Rhode Island to get in line with the “Basic Pilot Program Extension and Expansion Act of 2003“, which extended the Federal employment eligibility verification program. Note that both bills were sponsored by Palumbo and Corvese, which may indicated that they will eventually be consolidated. At least I hope so. The problem with the second bill is that it, in essence, appears to hammer employers but leave alone the illegal immigrants themselves. That is only a half-way measure.

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17 years ago

FROM DAVID MOHR (SGT) 301 6992636 Meet Stephanie Mohr, dangerous and hardened criminal, now serving a ten year prison sentence at the Federal Prison Camp in Alderson, West Virginia, thanks to tenacious federal prosecutors and tough judge. Stephanie’s crime? Her dog bit a man in the leg. This was not just any dog. Valk, a German Shepherd, worked for the Prince George’s County Police Department, Maryland. Police Officer Stephanie Mohr was his K-9 partner. The victim? Ricardo Mendez, an illegal alien from El Salvador, complete with criminal record, was found with an accomplice by police at 1 a.m. atop the roof of a commercial building in the suburb of Takoma Park, Maryland. Prosecutors were able to convince a jury, that the dog bite wasn’t necessary, thus violating Ricardo’s civil rights. And for that, Stephanie Mohr, age 35, decorated cop, loyal daughter, devoted mother…is spending ten years in the prime of her life in a prison cell, branded a criminal for life. Everyone reading this must be shaking their heads. Here, in the land of the free, where we cherish a constitution painstakingly designed to protect Americans from injustice, the justice system creates its own injustice. There’s more to this incredible story. * Stephanie Mohr wasn’t charged with a crime until five years later, one day before the statute of limitations expired. * Neither of the two illegals, including the man that was bitten, ever filed a complaint. * The case took two trials. In the first, eleven jurors voted for acquittal, with one hold-out. But the government went after her again, this time gaining a conviction. * The main prosecution witness faced criminal charges and testified in exchange for a deal It happened on September 21, 1995. Stephanie had been a cop for two years. Her short career — serving… Read more »

Harriet Coxxx
Harriet Coxxx
13 years ago

This whole story makes me sick. Not only will I contribute to Stephanie’s legal defense fund, my husband and I will begin praying for her. Her reward is due and will be paid.

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