Mayor Allan Fung inserted the charged national debate on immigration into the Rhode Island governor’s race Friday, attacking the state’s Democrats for resisting Trump administration immigration enforcement and Gov. Gina Raimondo for making the state “unsafe.”
A day after the Democratic mayors of Providence and Central Falls sued U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions over grant money tied to immigration cooperation, Republican Fung’s gubernatorial campaign said in a news release Friday that he had signed an agreement with the U.S. Justice Department agreeing to contact immigration enforcement “when a criminal in custody is in this country illegally.”
“Unfortunately, under Governor Raimondo, Rhode Island had the highest murder rate in the region in 2016… When I’m Governor, we will not be protecting criminals who are in this country illegally, period,” the Fung campaign said in the news release. “We will not be a sanctuary state, and I will fight against sanctuary cities like Providence.”
The Fung campaign declined to answer follow up questions about whether the mayor believes illegal immigration is responsible for Rhode Island having the “highest murder rate” in New England.
In his campaign release, Fung went on to blast Raimondo for the release of Dominican national Ramon Delossantos from the Adult Correctional Institutions in 2016 after he finished a sentence for a 2014 gun charge. Dolossantos was arrested last October and in June pleaded guilty to cocaine and fentanyl trafficking charges.
“Governor Raimondo’s policies at the Department of Corrections are creating an unsafe situation for our families,” Fung said in the release. “We need only look at the Ramon Delossantos case where a repeat drug offender, in this country illegally, was not reported to ICE upon leaving the ACI, and went right back to becoming one of the state’s biggest opioid kingpins within a year.”
There were 2.7 murders per 100,000 Rhode Island residents in 2016, down from 2.9 murders per 100,000 people in 2015, according to FBI crime statistics. Connecticut and Vermont both had 2.2 murders per 100,000 residents, while Massachusetts had 2.0, Maine had 1.5 and New Hampshire had 1.3.
This article provided by NewsEdge.