Rhode Island State Police Check Immigration Status—Why Isn’t the DOJ Suing Them?by Don on Jul. 07, 2010, under Uncategorized
HEY!! Reverend Al! You don’t need to wait until the end of the month if you want to Stick It To The Man! And, you can save yourself the cost of an airplane ticket. There’s no need to come visit us. You can just hop on over to…New England!
From Andy McCarthy, on today’s National Review Online:
Well whaddya know? It turns out that Rhode Island has long been carrying out the procedures at issue in the Arizona immigration statute: As a matter of routine, RI state police check immigration status at traffic stops whenever there is reasonable suspicion to do so, and they report all illegals to the feds for deportation.
The full story on Rhode Island’s procedures for, and experience with, checking immigration status is here. (Hat tip to the Legal Insurrection blog.). Rhode Island apparently has a working relationship with ICE, and specifically its Law Enforcement Support Center.
Bruce Foucart, special agent in charge of ICE in New England, said the center helps police verify the identities of immigrants who are suspected, arrested, or convicted of crimes, and aids ICE by informing them about people who are here illegally. The federal agency can then decide whether to detain an immigrant for deportation or release them pending a hearing in immigration court.
“Does that make for good public safety? Yes,’’ Foucart said. “How do you know who it is until you check him through the [center]?
If Rhode Island can do it, why can’t Arizona? What is Rhode Island doing right that Arizona isn’t?