A Handful Of RI Democrat Legislators Continue To Politically Pander To A Small, Select Group of Constituents That Support Illegal Immigration Policies.
Rep. Robert Craven (D-Dist. 32, North Kingstown) introduced legislation that looked to make some changes to our state's Open Meetings Act. House Bill 5856 (held for further study) sought more transparency from city and state governing bodies.
Next time around, I propose an additional amendment to that bill which stipulates the public be given more advance notice on legislative bills that are scheduled for a public hearing. No more Sunday afternoon alerts for a bill hearing 48 hours later. That needs to stop. Respectfully give the people at least a five day notice and announce it on a weekday.
The state's Bill Tracker sent out an alert today that House bill H5686 which -looks to give illegals drivers licenses- is scheduled for a public hearing at our State House this coming Tuesday, April 4th (arrive by at least 3:30).
"The sponsors of H5686 are :
* All five Reps ran unopposed in 2016.
One can clearly see where the legislative political pandering lies... in our capitol sanctuary city. These legislators do not represent the sentiments of the majority of the people of Rhode Island who strongly oppose giving drivers licenses to illegal aliens.
It's baffling that a state rep and budget analyst for the City of Providence -or any state rep- endorses drivers licenses for illegal aliens.
According to FAIR (citing multiple sources) granting drivers licenses to illegals: poses national security risks, encourages more illegal immigration, creates adverse consequences in other states, rewards lawbreakers, conflicts with and frustrates the purposes and objectives of federal immigration law (RI is currently not complying or cooperating with ICE to deport criminal illegals), has proven to not significantly impact road safety or guarantee more insured drivers, and most importantly (especially in a financially struggling state like RI) --granting drivers licenses to illegal aliens is fiscally unwise.
The cost of illegal immigration to RI taxpayers is approximately $300 million annually.
The current debt per RI citizen is $11,405. Welcome to the world little one, here's your bill for $11K.
"States who give driver's licenses to illegal aliens create safe havens that facilitate criminal activity, especially in regard to drug- and gang- related crimes, human trafficking, and identity theft."
Rhode is currently facing a massive heroin and prescription narcotic abuse epidemic. The U.S. Department of Justice released its own investigational report back in 2003 titled the "Rhode Island Drug Threat Assessment" and this assessment still holds true to this day. Excerpts from the report:
We have a Providence Mayor that openly endorses illegal alien sanctuary in our capitol city. When Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson recently testified before Congress on the dangers of illegal immigration and sanctuary cities, Elorza referred to that testimony as "fear mongering". It seems to me that the Providence Mayor puts political pandering to a select few before the best interests of the people of Providence as a whole. Mayor Elorza’s behavior is dangerous, irresponsible, lawless and tyrannical.
If Rhode Island leadership truly cared about the illicit drug trafficking and resulting overdose deaths- (300 OD deaths last year and thousands of ER treatment visits), the first thing they should be doing is NOT advocate for illegal alien sanctuary and secondly, NOT be backing a bill like H5686. This is common sense. If you make it easier for illegal activity to take place, like giving drivers licenses to illegals, you increase the potential for more illegal activity.
I guess common sense doesn't come so easily to some silver spoon fed individuals with Ivy league educations.
Moving on.. let's not forget about voter fraud.
According to FAIR:
"The United States does not currently issue any general-use document intended to confirm both identity and citizenship. While a U.S. passport may be used for both these purposes, it is a travel document. Most people seek a passport when planning a trip and only a relatively small proportion of the population holds a passport at any given time.
As a result, the preferred form of documentary identification in the United States is the drivers’ license. Drivers’ licenses are issued by the states, pursuant to a widely varying body of state-specific laws and regulations. Currently, twelve states and the District of Columbia allow illegal aliens to obtain a drivers’ license.
Congress attempted to address these issues with the Real ID Act, enacted May 11 2005, which established standards for state-issued licenses and other identity documents – including verification of immigration status. However, only 24 states and territories are currently compliant. -(RI is not)- Many of the allegedly compliant states have continued issuing licenses and state ID cards to illegal aliens and short-term visitors. Others – such as Delaware Utah – have continued to issue “driving privilege cards” or other non-license documents.
The intentions behind the Real ID Act also continue to be thwarted by certain provisions of the NVRA. -(National Voter Registration Act of 1993)- These provisions, known as the “Motor-Voter Law,” require state departments of motor vehicles to act as voter registration proxies. The information supplied by license applicants doubles as voter registration information and the registration process has become nearly automatic. Because so many states continue to issue driver’s licenses to non-citizens, it is relatively easy for aliens to commit voter fraud through the Motor-Voter system. When renewing a driver’s license by mail, they simply check the boxes indicating that they wish to be registered as voters and affirming that they are a U.S. citizen. Most often, they are added to the voter rolls without any attempt to verify the applicant’s citizenship."
In Oct of 2016, the Providence Journal reported that RI voter rolls may have as many 189,000 more names than what the state voter registration database shows. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that RI has about 592,672 registered voters yet the state has 781,770 people listed as being eligible to vote (off by 189k).
The U.S. "Death Master File" has 6.5 million individuals listed as deceased who are actually alive, and the Inspector General revealed just last year that the IRS didn't bother to let 1 million American taxpaying citizens know that illegals stole their social security numbers. I'm wondering what portion of that 189k shows up on that list of 6.5 million deceased American citizens.
The number of people in RI that voted in this past Presidential election totaled 464,144.
Re-cap: Voter rolls off by 189,098 .. 592,672 registered voters .. 464,144 actually voted. So how many of the 464,144 came from the 189,098? Who's to say who the true winner of the Nov 8th Presidential race was?
All you need to register to vote online is a RI issued DMV driver's license or a State ID number, or last 4 digits of your social security number, your name as it appears on your RI drivers license or State ID card and your date of birth. That's it. Citizenship is not verified.
Non citizen voting is illegal, but then again, so is illegal immigration, so what's stopping both? Five legislators back a bill that invites in more. RI isn't cooperating with ICE today to inform them of when a criminal illegal is being let back out on our streets and we are supposed to believe that when illegals are given a special driving privilege license that the proper checks and balances will be in place to ensure no illegal will be voting? Is this for real?
Rhode Island is functionally a mess. The state can't even launch a new benefit system properly, the DMV currently issues drivers licenses with hair color as "unknown" because officials don't have the time and money to capture that data, voter rolls are off by maybe 189k but let's elevate the lawlessness by awarding illegal activity with the American citizen's privilege to have a drivers license.
When will the insanity end? Stop with the legislative sell out bills and focus on getting Rhode Island's fiscal responsibilities in order!
Enough is enough with this nonsense!