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House Speaker stands by “illegal aliens” campaign mailer

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – Rhode Island Democratic state House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello is standing by his campaign mailer that used the phrase “illegal aliens” and touted his power to halt legislation to grant driver’s licenses to immigrants in the country illegally.

Mattiello said in a recent interview he was unaware of any criticism of the mailer, which included a protest letter circulated on social media. He says the message reflects the opinion of his constituents.

Mattiello narrowly won re-election last month after sending out the mailer to residents in his Cranston legislative district. It said he “stopped driver’s licenses for illegal aliens” and single-handedly blocked the legislation, which never moved to a House floor vote.

Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo said Friday she still supports the licenses but Mattiello’s opposition makes legislation unlikely to happen.

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