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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Arizona Will Not Come To Rhode Island

A bill introduced by Democratic Deputy Majority Leader Peter Palumbo in the Rhode Island House of Representatives, similar to the Arizona immigration law, will not be permitted to go to a committee hearing, much less a vote:
House Speaker Gordon D. Fox decided Monday that Rep. Peter Palumbo’s controversial Arizona-style bill on immigration will not be heard this session.

“The speaker opposes this and feels it’s better addressed federally. We’re not going to hear it this year,” said Larry Berman, spokesman for the House of Representatives. Palumbo could not be reached for comment....

Terry Gorman, president of Rhode Islanders for Immigration Law Enforcement, said he believed that Palumbo had been promised a hearing Thursday afternoon.

“And now here comes Gordon Fox, which is exactly what everyone anticipated, to use his power and cancel it … It’s just unfair. It’s getting to be more and more of a charade then you can ever imagine.”
The bill previously had met with protests, including a disruption of the House chamber:

At least 100 protesters chanted: “This is what democracy looks like!” and ¡Si se puede! (Yes we can) and “Hey-hey, ho-ho, Peter Palumbo’s got to go!”

The protest started quietly as demonstrators wearing banners that said, “Do I Look Illegal?” milled about the House floor. It gathered steam and decibel levels as the bell rang and legislators convened at 4 p.m.

Speaker Gordon D. Fox banged his gavel, and Capitol Police began telling the protesters it was time to go. The demonstrators left the chamber, but continued their chants and foot-stomping on the marble steps just outside the door.

Related Post:
Dem. Legislator Files Arizona-Like Immigration Bill in Rhode Island

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  1. That is what tyranny looks like: the few control the conversation, and enforce their will upon the majority.

    Thugocracy. I hope you have a LOT of Conservatives running this November to enable REAL change in Rhode Island.

  2. Where have all the backbones gone, long time ago?

  3. We shall see whether or not Rhode Island residents vote to oust the liberals who oppose the law. Everyone was thrilled to vote in the liberals (who promised money for nothing and chicks for free) and if they want to make Rhode Island a sanctuary State - I guess they can. We know that the federal government is not inclined to enforce immigration law.

  4. When democraps feel shut out of the legislative process they hold mock hearings and/or town halls to invite their left wing agitators to sputter and demean the country and its policies. Why shouldn't the legislators in support of this hold a 'town hall' hearing to argue the merits of their legislation and get the media to attend?
    Sounds like a plan that might get public support.