Governor Lincoln D. Chafee said:“During a conference call between the federal government and the country’s governors yesterday, officials for the United States Departments of Homeland Security and Health and Human Services reported that the number of unaccompanied children coming across the border has tapered off. The need for large facilities has dissipated, and the officials added that they will notify the governors if and when an assessment of possible settings is required in the future. To date, no federal entity has reached out to the State of Rhode Island regarding housing the unaccompanied children. The Department of Health and Human Services said that most of the children have found shelter with relatives or family friends.”
Governor Lincoln D. Chafee today said: “The State of Rhode Island has not been officially contacted by any federal entity regarding either services or sheltering unaccompanied children who have crossed the U.S. border in the Southwest. If and when there is a request from the federal government, I will share it publicly.”
Governor Chafee today reiterated his wholehearted support for An Act Relating to State Affairs and Government – Authorizing State-Operated Casino Gaming at Newport Grand Subject to Statewide and Local Voter Approval,H 8294, Substitute A/2, As Amended.The Governor, who signed the Act, said, “I support casino gaming in Newport, both as a revenue generator and as a bulwark against competition from a potential casino in southeastern Massachusetts.”The Act authorizes a local and statewide referendum to approve casino gaming in Newport. If approved by the voters, the new legislation provides that certain payments will be made to the City of Newport.