Common Sense Locked Out
With Governor Lincoln Chafee determined to ease the way for illegal immigrants in Rhode Island society, some legislators will surely increase their attempts to affect the relevant aspects of Rhode Island law through legislation, as Rep. Peter Palumbo (D, Cranston) has promised to do:
Palumbo also said he will introduce another bill, or package of bills, when Governor-elect Lincoln D. Chafee goes forward with his announced plan to repeal Governor Carcieri’s executive order on illegal immigration. The bill, or bills, “will mimic the executive order to take its place legislatively,” Palumbo said.
The stunning stretches of parliamentary procedure that similar legislation received last year (see here and here) suggest that the legislative route may not work. The prospects, this year, are made more dim by the fact that any legislation that passes will likely require enough support to override a gubernatorial veto.
Perhaps the makeup of the General Assembly changed just enough for a new dynamic on immigration, but I doubt it. All that’s left is for residents to speak up and make it increasingly difficult for the state’s political leaders to cater to their ideologies and favored special interests.