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Immigration issue enters RI Governor's race

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By Mark Curtis

As the immigration crisis now heats up at the southern border, it's also entering the race for Rhode Island Governor.

Republican Ken Block pointing to a 2003 resolution from then Cranston city councilor Allan Fung, supporting the national "Immigrant Workers Freedom Ride".

"It's shocking that a Republican candidate for Governor would support full amnesty, without addressing the larger problem of uncontrolled immigration in this country" says Block.

The "Immigrant Workers Freedom Ride" was endorsed by the national communist and socialist parties and promoted amnesty.

However Mayor Fung says he was only backing legal immigration reform efforts.

"This is why voters really can't trust what Ken Block and his supporters have to say,” says Fung. “The resolution back in 2033 never, ever supported amnesty."

The immigration issue is suddenly becoming important in the Governor's race, because Rhode Island and other states may be asked to house some of the unaccompanied children crossing the U.S. southern border.

But Block and Fung do agree, Rhode Island shouldn't take any of these children.

"We can't afford to take on any more issues and grow our population in that way," says Fung.

"Rhode Island cannot afford to house anyone's children,” says Block. “We're not doing well by ours at this point in time."

Suddenly, what to do with illegal immigration is trending as a top issue in the race for governor.

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