Rhode Island faces Arizona-type legislation
A piece of legislation, H 8142, has been introduced in Rhode Island that is designed to harass and punish undocumented immigrants.
It criminalizes an administrative violation. It makes undocumented entry into the U.S. a crime. This has always been an administrative issue that results in deportation. Under this bill, the first conviction is a class one misdemeanor with a fine of up to $2500 and a jail sentence of up to six months. Any subsequent conviction is a felony.
It will lead to racial profiling. The bill requires law enforcement officers to challenge people if they have a “reasonable suspicion” they are undocumented. Despite assertions to the contrary, this suspicion can be formed only through racial profiling.