Views on Immigration by Governors in Maine and Rhode Island

January 15, 2011 § Leave a comment

The immigration tug-of-war between Congress and state legislatures has been growing during the past five years. Now some governors are taking action, too. In Rhode Island, new governor Lincoln Chafee has rescinded the former governor’s executive order requiring the state and state contractors to use E-Verify for checking the immigration status of employees, saying it was hurting the state economy, according to the Providence Journal. Maine’s new governor, Paul LePage, has signed an executive order requiring state employees to check the immigration status of clients. He said his concern is about services, such as driver’s licenses and welfare benefits, going to illegal immigrants. LePage’s order also rescinded a previous gubernatorial order requiring state agents to avoid asking about legality, reported the Bangor Daily News. (san diego union tribune)

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