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1/18/2017 Representative Nardolillo Introduces Legislation Intended to Deport Illegal Immigrants
STATE HOUSE  --  Representative Robert Nardolillo (R-District 28 Coventry) has introduced legislation intended to protect the citizens of Rhode Island, as well as save Rhode Islanders the high cost of incarcerating illegal immigrants.
“Per year, the state of Rhode Island is spending $49,000.00 to incarcerate inmates.  The cost of incarcerating an inmate here in Rhode Island is the fifth highest in the nation.  Furthermore, there is currently no way to determine how many legal or illegal inmates reside in our prison system, so we have no idea how much money taxpayers are paying to support illegal immigrants who have committed minor to heinous crimes in Rhode Island.  What I do know is, incarcerating and paying for illegal immigrants in our prison system is taxing our resources.  This is an unsustainable system.  Plainly put, we simply cannot afford this any longer,” said Representative Nardolillo. 
Representative Nardolillo added, “Currently, there is no way to track illegal immigrants in our state.  My legislation will require the Sheriff’s Department to determine the immigration status of all individuals over which they have custody.  The Sheriff’s Department will determine whether or not any prisoner is here legally or illegally.  If it is determined a prisoner is here illegally, the Sheriff’s Department will be required to inform the Immigration and Naturalization Service.  In addition, the Sheriff’s Department will also be required to cooperate with any deportation proceedings or with the commencement of any such deportation proceedings,” said Representative Nardolillo. 
Representative Nardolillo added, “Public safety and cutting unnecessary spending must be of paramount importance in the state of Rhode Island, if we are to have a safe and fiscally sound future, which is why I drafted this legislation.  Hardworking taxpayers can no longer be on the hook to pay for the high cost of incarcerating illegal immigrants.” 
Representative Nardolillo went on to say, “Tracking how many illegal immigrants are committing crimes or are incarcerated in our prison system will give us the data we need to understand just how many illegal immigrants, at least in the criminal justice system, are residing in Rhode Island.”

For more information, contact:
Raina C. Smith, House Minority Office
State House Room 106
Providence, RI 02903
(401) 222-2259