It Doesn’t Count If You Don’t Count

The newest addition to the list of “reasons” that the Governor’s Executive Order and various legislative initiatives on illegal immigration should not be undertaken is that the actual number of undocumented immigrants in the state is unknown. Mr. Jaime Aguayo of the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Hispanic Affairs made such an argument yesterday morning on WHJJ‘s Helen Glover Show. He further repeated his statement from the press conference Friday that he and other members of that advisory commission would step down if the Governor did not continue to meet with them on this issue.
Inasmuch as no one contends that the number of undocumented immigrants in the state is zero, the limited measures outlined by the Governor’s Executive Order would seem reasonable in all senses of the word. Setting that aside for a moment, however, a suggestion and a question pose themselves from Mr. Aguayo’s remarks this morning.
Press conferences are fun but facts are more substantive and a better addition to any conversation. It would seem to be both productive and in keeping with the nature of an advisory commission for the Advisory Commission on Hispanic Affairs to assemble and bring forward some data on the question which a member of the Commission himself raised; namely, the number of undocumented immigrants present in the state.
And the question raised is actually for everyone who believes that no action should be taken on the state level until the presence of undocumented immigrants in the state is specifically quantified. At what number, below what threshold should the Governor’s Executive Order not be implemented and new laws not be passed?

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Ken
Ken
13 years ago

Monique, In the Governor’s Executive Order 08-01, dated; March 27, 2008 so stated in writing by Governor Donald L. Carcieri; “WHEREAS, Congress and the President have been unable to resolve the problem of illegal immigration, leaving the states to deal with the consequences of 11 to 20 million illegal immigrants residing in the United States, the number in Rhode Island being between 20,000 and 40,000, more than the population of 32 of Rhode Island’s 39 cities and towns; and” If the above is true documentation then why aren’t these individuals rounded up and sent back to where they came and allowed back in through legal process (if you can count them then you know where they are)? The number between 20,000 and 40,000 doesn’t dent the current Rhode Island structural budget deficit of $600 million and growing (actually $90 million plus was trying to put 17 year olds in ACI to save money). From my perspective, one of the major documented problems with Governor Donald L. Carcieri’s executive Order 08-01 is the directive requirement to use a person’s private “federally owned social security number” and public law suit liability not only directly to the Governor but also to the State of Rhode Island, Rhode Island State Police, Rhode Island Department of Administration, Rhode Island Department of Motor Vehicles, Rhode Island Department of Corrections, Department of Homeland Security and the local business that comply with the executive order. Also the request of Homeland Security to gain unrestricted access to the state of Rhode Island Department of Motor Vehicles records without permission as required by the Drivers Privacy Protection Act, 18 U.S.C. § 2721 et. seq. (Public Law 103-322). Under the law, the State of Rhode Island must ask permission of the driver to release information. The unrestricted access without “individual’s permission”… Read more »

Will
13 years ago

And your point is…
If you’re waiting for a perfect system, you’ll be waiting an awfully long time. Doing nothing is no longer an option.
I have a beef with the combative tone of Mr. Aguayo’s remarks, specifically “…he and other members of that advisory commission would step down if the Governor did not continue to meet with them on this issue.”
Essentially, he’s making a veiled threat of potential resignation, based on no information whatsoever about whether or not the governor would be willing to meet with them in the future. I would have no reason to believe that the governor doesn’t want to meet with them going forward, so it seems completely unnecessary and frankly a little bizarre to make a threat like that, unless they have ulterior motives (or are receiving pressure from other quarters to find an excuse to resign from that commission). It makes them look petty.
If you’re trying to build bridges, you don’t immediately threaten to burn the bridge down if you think you might not get your way. On it’s face, it’s disrespectful to the governor to threat to resign from a commission based on something that has not happened, has not even been mentioned as something that could happen, nor which is even likely to happen in the future.

Ken
Ken
13 years ago

Will,
My point is; if you make an executive order to enforce current (enacted and proposed) federal, state laws or memorandum of Agreements (MOA) or Memorandum of Understandings (MOU) especially where Federal and State Law are working in concert, you better have legal advisement (checks and balances) in place to make sure your written words are proper and no mud is thrown in you face.
An illegal immigrant is an illegal immigrant! The illegal immigrant violated our laws and goes back to home country (No matter what ethnicity they are or color)! But if an illegal immigrant can legally challenge the law or directive all is lost.
DON’T try to create laws, directives or system that make this country look like it doesn’t know what its doing (quick fix). When a questionable law or creative directive is created without total legal research and that directive or law can be legally challenged in courts it makes all of us look bad ESPECIALLY WHEN IT ENTANGLES NATURAL AND LEGAL CITIZENS OF THE UNITED STATES.
I’m not practically interested in he said; she said Will; we all know the Governor does not ask for opinions outside core advisors. What I’m interested in is the knee jerk Smith Hill executive and legislative reactions which will have long lasting impact on the State of Rhode Island, its people and, tourist and poll rankings which all legal citizens ultimately pay the price.

Tim
Tim
13 years ago

Monique,
The hysterical reaction from these so called latino/hispanic leaders speak volumes about the large numbers of illegals here in Rhode Island. Imo 40,000 is low balling it. Happen to hear Dan Yorke yesterday? The illegal alien playbook was exposed on Newsmakers by none other than Progreso Latino. Mr. Ordonez spilled the beans when stating the real reason they want these illegals recognized is so they can legitimately plug into the taxpayer funded social services honey pot.
Just like Ellis Island right Ordonez? lol
Keep that nugget of honesty close by as you laugh out loud at these same so called leaders when claiming these illegals are just like America’s past ‘immigrants’. Don’t think for a second there aren’t lots and lots of illegals pulling benes under false pretenses already. Remember our illegal friend and her phony drivers license scam at DMV?
Will,
This clown group was crying about not being consulted prior to the governor’s order. They wanted a heads-up so they could have planned a mass demonstration prior to the Executive order. Of course that mass demonstration would have come after these very same groups accused the governor of being a bigot by only singling out the hispanic/latino communities for consultation on illegal aliens. The governor is in a no win situation with these illegal alien advocacy groups and should spend little time dealing with the unreasonable. We have much more pressing matters in this state than ass-kissing those pimping on illegal aliens for their own empowerment.
Ken,
Life isn’t perfect! Same for the E-verfify system. But we must start somewhere. Amusing how some worry about Privacy rights as our national sovereignty goes down the drain via our open and unregulated borders.

Tim
Tim
13 years ago

Ken,
The governor and his staff consulted other states and patterned the Executive Order based on what those states are currently doing. Obvioulsy the governor can only apply this EO to areas under Executive branch control. Some elements have already faced and survived legal challenge in other places. They certainly did not fly blind in crafting the EO. They just didn’t consult the illegal alien industry prior to.

chuckR
chuckR
13 years ago

Today, I will probably exceed the speed limit driving to work. It would be improper for a cop to stop me because cops don’t know how many people speed.
Today, I’ll write a check to Uncle Sam and the State. Or not. If I don’t, it would be improper for the IRS to prosecute me, because they don’t know how many other people choose not to pay taxes.
What a fun game.

Monique
13 years ago

Very good, ChuckR.
“Mr. Ordonez spilled the beans when stating the real reason they want these illegals recognized is so they can legitimately plug into the taxpayer funded social services”
Great questioning by Arlene; thanks to Dan Y for talking about it. We can get around this – just legalize everyone immediately and retroactively!

Greg
Greg
13 years ago

I think the government should continue to do nothing about the illegal alien crisis in America.
And I think that level of inaction should be considered when dealing with those who, being no longer able to abide, will eventually choose to take up arms against their invaders. It won’t be murder. It will be ‘undocumented hunting’.
It’s already beginning on the southern border. They are coming across the border well-armed and ill-intended. Drug runners and gang bangers and rapists and child molesters and disease spreaders. And maybe the occasional terrorist sleeper cell. It’s irresponsible for citizens and sit back and allow this to continue. And if the government will not take action then the people must.
So, the choices are such. Allow governors and governments to do SOMETHING to stop this illegal invasion, or prepare for the bloodshed in the streets when the people finally say ENOUGH! and take action themselves.
Harsh? Yes. True? Yes.

Anonymous
Anonymous
13 years ago

“Oh, the black folks hate the white folks and the white folks hate the black folks, all of my folks hate all of your folks. It’s as American as apple pie.”
Tom Lehrer

Monique
13 years ago

#1: Not all of us, Anonymous.
#2: No, this is not about racism. Our immigration laws, as well as the Governor’s E.O., apply across the board.

OldTimeLefty
13 years ago

Monique
“apply across the board” is just like saying that the rope doesn’t care who it hangs, it’s just happens to be put on the neck of the poor more than the rich and on the black man more than the white man.
OldTimeLefty

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