The order signed requires state agencies and companies that do business with the state to verify the legal status of employees. It also directs the State Police and prison and parole officials to more aggressively find and deport illegal immigrants.
Immigrant advocate Juan Garcia feared Carcieri's proposals would drive a vulnerable community underground. He said illegal immigrants who are victims of crime will fear approaching police, and that children could suffer if parents lose their jobs.
Under his order, state police will enter an agreement with federal immigration authorities permitting them access to specialized immigration databases. That information would allow police to identify and detain immigration violators.
Hear is an interview with the Gov. Don Carcieri