Assessing Rhode Island’s ‘Sanctuary State’ Status Left to Suspicion, Anecdotes


An immigrant preparing to cross the United States’ southern border illegally who looked at the Center for Immigration Studies map of localities offering “sanctuary” might notice just two bright green markers for whole states that intentionally reduce their odds of being deported.  One is North Dakota, where the official unemployment rate has not been over 5 percent since 1987, but where the nation’s second-coldestaverage annual temperature is only slightly above freezing. The other is Rhode Island, which is not only more temperate, but provides some of the most generous public assistance packages in the country.

Soon after taking office in 2011, former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee rescindedan executive order so that government entities would no longer be required to check job applicants for citizenship using the E-Verify program and state law enforcement and corrections officials would no longer work with federal immigration agents.  Soon after, through another executive action (by way of the Board of Governors for Higher Education), Rhode Island became the third state to extend discounted in-state tuition rates at its public colleges and university to illegal immigrants.

The topic of sanctuary cities, counties, and states has made national news, recently, after an illegal immigrant who had been detained and deported multiple times allegedly murdered a young woman at a popular San Francisco tourist location.  In Rhode Island, the effects of illegal immigration can be difficult to quantify, and evidence is often similarly anecdotal.

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  • Warrington Faust

    This Friday, Congress is scheduled to vote on the ” Enforce the Law for Sanctuary Cities Act”. If passed, this would have the effect of reducing, or eliminating, the taxpayers money which they are supplied through the federal government.

    The current situation with Sanctuary Cities was predicted by Robert B. Parker in a novel concerning Cambridge, MA. That, I believe, was back in the 80’s. Parker predicted Sanctuary problem, Clancy predicted airliners as weapons. Perhaps the CIA should read more novels. Wasn’t there a movie about that from the 70’s, “Three Days of the Condor”, So, a novelist thought of that too.

  • Warrington Faust

    It appears that the “Enforce the Law for Sanctuary Cities Act” is just a “feel good”.

    “The only problem with that is the House is now powerless to do so. The House can certainly pass such a bill, but the Senate can ignore it, and even if the Senate passed it as well, Obama could veto it without consequence.

    The problem is that this spending restriction is a stand-alone piece of legislation. It’s not attached to the budget. If it were attached to the budget, Obama would have a more difficult time fighting it because to veto it would be to veto the budget.” American Thinker

  • ShannonEntropy

    What I don’t understand is why the citizens of all these “sanctuary cities” donut rise up in rebellion about that dubious status
    [[ Li’l Rhody is small enough that the entire State could be considered a ‘sanctuary city’ ]]

    Those illegal immigrants taking “sanctuary” are perpetuating a genuine crime wave against the citizens who belong there =►