Rhode Island Governor Chafee Repeals E-Verify Executive Order 08-01

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Rhode Island Governor Asking For Time To Meet With All Parties

Rhode IslandLess than 24 hours after his swearing-in as Rhode Island Governor elect Lincoln D. Chafee signed a repeal of Executive Order 08-01, and state executive branch agencies and contractors doing business with the State of Rhode Island are no longer legally required to verify the work authorization of new hires through E-Verify effective January 5, 2011.


According to the press release, Governor Chafee also directed the Rhode Island State Police (RISP) to withdraw from its memorandum of agreement (MOA) with Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE), and RISP Superintendent Col. Brendan P. Doherty has agreed to support and uphold the Governor’s directive. Originally signed into law by previous Governor Donald L. Carcieri, Executive Order 08-01 had been in effect since March 2008.


The press release quotes Chafee as stating, “This repeal of all parts of the Executive Order on E-Verify will effectively turn the clock back to March 26, 2007, the day before then-Governor Carcieri signed it into law. This re-set will allow us to engage in a comprehensive dialogue with our immigrant communities, law enforcement agencies, and all interested parties. This is an opportunity to reach a consensus on how best to enforce the law.”

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