Cicilline and the Minutemen, Side By Each
The Mayor of Providence continues to insist that illegal immigration is a matter for federal officials. In response to Bill Malinowski’s story in Saturday’s ProJo about the City of Providence’s prior official encounters with Marco Riz, the Mayor released this statement:
I will not let the Providence Police pick up the slack or take the
blame for yet another failed federal agency. Our priorities have
resulted in the lowest crime rate in 30 years and they will remain the
He also accused Governor Carcieri of defending the Bush administration and its failure to control illegal immigration. The Governor has done nothing of the sort, of course.
But the Mayor is correct about one thing. The reality is that the Bush administration, the Clinton administration and their concurrent Congresses deliberately and inexplicably pulled way back on illegal immigration enforcement efforts, in particular, on employers. The result of this egregious abdication of responsibility has been stark. The border is no longer a couple of thousand miles away. Effectively, it is now here and all around the country. Accordingly, our state and local public officials no longer have the luxury of treating illegal immigration at arms length or of attempting to exclude it from the job description of our safety officers.