A series of education bills on the agenda at the Senate Finance Committee Tuesday range from a tax credit for college graduates to funding for charter schools.
One bill would give recent college graduates a break on their state income taxes. The idea is to stem the so-called “brain drain,” when local graduates put their newly-minted degrees to work in other states.
The measure would give a maximum $5,000 credit for a worker who received a bachelor’s degree from a local college or university within the last 10 years.
While there are no estimates for how many Rhode Island residents have been affected by a Texas court ruling halting the expansion of an immigration order from President Barack Obama, immigration attorneys at Dorcas International Institute in Providence say they are urging clients to begin the application process anyway.
The ruling affects people brought to the United States as children between 2007 and 2010. They would have been eligible to apply for protected status for the first time Wednesday, but the federal government has temporarily halted the program.
Congressman David Cicilline is bringing the chair of the congressional Immigration Task Force to Rhode Island Wednesday evening to discuss the president’s executive order on immigration. The public forum will focus on preventing residents from getting caught up in scams.
That’s been a problem since President Obama issued an executive order back in November that offers a legal reprieve to some in the country illegally and parents with children who are U.S. citizens.
The Rhode Island chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union is urging Gov. Lincoln Chafee to revise how the state implements the Secure Communities program.
Secure Communities requires local law enforcement to hand over people charged with crimes or minor infractions for deportation. Earlier this year, Chafee required a deportation or removal order for anyone handed over to the feds. ACLU director Steve Brown said immigrants need more protection.
There’s reaction from across the nation to president Obama’s executive action making sweeping changes to the immigration system. Here in Rhode Island the leader of House republicans, Brian Newberry said the president’s actions show disrespect for the law.
There are an estimated 35,000 undocumented residents living in the state. Rhode Island Public Radio’s Catherine Welch sat down with immigration attorney Roberto Gonzalez to discuss how the president’s actions will change lives here.