An Unhelpful Visitor From Out of State
It sounds like during the 4:00 hour, WPRO‘s Dan Yorke was trying to diffuse the visceral reaction that some of his listeners, myself included, had to the remarks made by the “minister” (quotes because no true minister would utter the remarks he made) from New Jersey by pointing out where the “minister” from New Jersey agrees with the Governor’s Executive Order.
Thanks, I’m not interested at the moment, though I look forward to returning to such a harmonious spot soon.
The “minister”, in studio during the 3:00 hour with a Rhode Island minister, Rep Palumbo and Senator Maselli, threw the following bombs, paraphrased except for quotes:
> He said that the basis of all anti-illegal immigration legislation is preservation of the “Anglo-Saxon” something-or-other – translation, it is purely racist.
> He made reference to “ethnic cleansing”.
> And he said that his organization was prepared to “sue” over the Governor’s Order and/or the Palumbo/Maselli bill.
Ah, but the third item perhaps is understandable. Given that the first two utterly baseless assertions drain any credibility from his words, litigation may be the only means by which the “minister” can be heard in this conversation.
Remembering that such false, vile accusations only confirm the validity of the Governor’s Executive Order as well as bills such as those introducted by Palumbo, Maselli, Singleton and Brien will help me return to that more harmonious spot.
Podcast courtesy WPRO available here.
Commenter Joe B (more specifically, Joe B quoting his clearly thoughtful wife) referred with dismay to prior remarks by the Director of DCYF, Patricia Martinez, about the Governor’s Executive Order. Ms. Martinez has now apologized for those remarks.
“I apologize for any misperceptions my comments might have caused,” she said in a statement released after the meeting. “In particular, I did not mean to imply that the governor’s actions were spreading hatred.”
Her comments are appreciated. Prodded by the ProJo, however, she did go on to say that
… she disputed assertions made recently by the governor and his supporters that undocumented immigrants are a drain on Rhode Island’s resources.
“We need to have the right facts before we begin to point fingers at everyone,”
Another of the Governor’s staff members said something similar Monday on the Helen Glover Show – that the number of undocumented immigrants must be definitively quantified before we take steps to deal with the issue.
There are two problems with this. First of all, it is not disputed that undocumented immigrants have a presence in our state. Secondly, taking this approach – counting their exact number or calculating the exact cost of this state of affairs before taking minimal measures to address it – is simply a holding action, tantamount to doing nothing.