Who Just Said Sovereignty??? Terry G? Joe B? Oh, It Was the Governor!
This is interesting. Sovereignty for certain segments of the state’s criminal justice system.
A federal appeals court has upheld Gov. Lincoln Chafee’s right to refuse to turn over accused murderer Jason Pleau for federal prosecution that could result in the death penalty. …
Chafee issued a written statement late Thursday that said, “I am gratified that the 1st Circuit has recognized our state’s right to refuse a federal request to transfer a prisoner for the purpose of exposing him to the death penalty. … There is no question that Jason Wayne Pleau is a career criminal who deserves to be punished for his crimes. …. It is about maintaining and protecting the sovereignty and laws of the state I was elected to govern.
But not for the state’s borders;
A state higher education board on Monday approved a measure that would allow students who immigrated to the United States illegally to pay in-state tuition rates at Rhode Island’s public colleges and universities after the General Assembly declined to take up the issue.
Gov. Lincoln Chafee Wednesday signed an executive order revoking the controversial Illegal Immigration Control Order issued by former Gov. Donald Carcieri more than two years ago.
Carcieri’s order required all state departments and all contractors doing work for the state to use the federal E-Verify system to ensure all newly hired personnel were in the country legally and were eligible to work. It also required that State Police, corrections officials and the Parole Board to work with the federal Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to assist them in enforcing immigration law.