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Carcieri's statement on this week's ICE arrests

After some delay, here's what Governor Carcieri has to say:

The Department of Administration has initiated an internal review of the two companies involved in the recent ICE action, Falcon and Tri-State, to ensure compliance with state and federal employment and immigration laws and contract service levels.  The Department is taking all necessary steps to ensure the cleaning and maintenance operations are not disrupted at the buildings contracted to the two companies.

"This is exactly why I issued my Executive Order on Illegal Immigration and supported the passage of the E-Verify legislation," commented the Governor.  "This type of illegal activity by unscrupulous employers will not be tolerated by my Administration, and we will take all necessary action to ensure that all state contractors abide by state and federal law, as well as the spirit of the Executive Order. The Executive Order is a step in the right direction.  This most recent action by ICE clearly indicates the need for a stronger, more comprehensive approach to illegal immigration in our state and our country."

The Governor has asked the Department of Administration to review the Memorandum of Understanding between the State of Rhode Island and the Department of Homeland Security regarding the ability to broaden the scope of E-Verify to include verification of the employment eligibility of current state employees and employees of state contractors who may have access to sensitive or secure materials. 

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