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NEW: Illegal Immigration Issue Before Senate

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

 

The Senate Judiciary Committee held hearings today on the divisive issue of illegal immigration.

The bills considered were, according to an official Statehouse description:

2011-S 0214 – Sponsored by Sen. Harold M. Metts (D-Dist. 6, Providence), this bill would prohibit a landlord from asking the immigration status of a prospective tenant.

2011-S 0220 – Also sponsored by Senator Metts, this bill amends the requirements for identification and residency documents used to obtain a driver’s license so a person must provide a document with the applicant’s signature and two documents providing proof of residency in Rhode Island.

2011-S 0337 – This bill sponsored by Sen. Francis T. Maher Jr. (R-Dist. 34, Exeter, Charlestown, Hopkinton, Richmond, West Greenwich) would enact into law the provisions of former governor Donald L. Carcieri’s executive order requiring the use of the E-Verify program by state agencies. That order has since been revoked by the Chafee administration.

2011-S 0343 – Sponsored by Sen. Juan M. Pichardo (D-Dist. 2, Providence), this bill would prohibit employers from requesting more documentation than legally required to comply with the federal employment verification code.

2011-S 0345 – Sponsored by Sen. Marc A. Cote (D-Dist. 24, Woonsocket, North Smithfield), this bill would require the use of the E-Verify system by Rhode Island employers.

2011-S 0347 – This bill sponsored by Senator Pichardo, called the “Immigrant Assistance in Crime Fighting Act,” would prohibit law enforcement from inquiring as to a complainant’s or witness’s immigration status to make it more likely that immigrants would report violations of state and local law.

2011-S 0632 – This bill sponsored by Sen. Bethany L. Moura (R-Dist. 19, Cumberland, Lincoln) would require all cities and towns to participate in the Secure Communities program.

2011-S 0671 – Sponsored by Senator Maher, this bill would require the Division of Sheriffs to verify the immigration status of each incarcerated person presented to the court for any hearing.

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