Chafee renews promise to rescind E-Verify
Rhode Island Governor-elect Lincoln Chafee is repeating a pledge to rescind a controversial
executive order on illegal immigration, but says he's discussing with State Police whether they will still ask for people's immigration papers when there's reasonable suspicion they're here
The order signed by current Republican Gov. Don Carcieri had sparked outrage in the immigrant and minority communities in part because it instructed State Police to check people's immigration status.
Chafee spokesman Mike Trainor said on Monday that State Police have to cooperate with immigration authorities.
Trainor says whether the police ask for immigration papers from people they come across is “at the heart of” what Chafee will discuss with them.
Chafee's pledge had been key to winning Hispanic support.