Gov. Lincoln Chafee has turned Rhode Island into a sanctuary state by executive order. One of his first acts as governor was to repeal his predecessor’s policy of having police cooperate with federal immigration authorities. He also bypassed the state legislature to grant in-state tuition benefits to illegal aliens, and is considering offering Utah-style driving certificates to illegal aliens. Meanwhile, Rhode Island is suffering from acute budget deficits and has one of the highest unemployment rates in the nation.

Asked by a local reporter whether his actions might encourage more illegal immigration, Governor Chafee responds with an answer he himself doesn’t seem to believe.

Why should we?