Panel says Governor’s Immigration “Order created fear”
So, the Immigration Panel has found that:
Governor Carcieri’s executive order on illegal immigration has created such fear throughout Rhode Island that…he [should] make a “well-publicized clarifying statement” to explain what the order does and doesn’t do.
Please. The ProJo “advoticle” (advocacy piece within a news article) is full of anecdotal ‘fear’ stories of immigrants hiding in basements and avoiding travel in Rhode Island. No word on whether the Panel’s members actually worked to clarify any of these misconceptions. And Warwick Police Chief Stephen McCartney had an interesting response to all of the advocates’ sturm und drang:
Warwick Police Chief Stephen McCartney said it would help if the police were allowed to attend some of the meetings with the immigrant community, to hear the complaints firsthand. The police members of the panel did not attend the five meetings held in Providence and Newport.
Legal immigrants have nothing to fear from law enforcement.