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Corey Stewart Calls For Arizona-Like Immigration Law In Virginia

by @ 12:06 pm on June 18, 2010. Filed under Prince William County, Virginia, Virginia Politics

Prince William County’s Corey Stewart wants Virginia to follow Arizona’s example on education:

The chairman of the Prince William Board of County Supervisors is calling on Virginia legislators to pass a law cracking down on illegal immigration similar to a controversial Arizona measure.

Board Chairman Corey A. Stewart (R-At Large) said he will spend the rest of the year lobbying the General Assembly to pass legislation that enhances law enforcement powers to capture, detain and deport illegal aliens; curbs illegal day laboring; and creates specific state penalties for illegal immigrants. He called the effort the “Virginia Rule of Law Campaign.”

Prince William has received national attention for its own crackdown on illegal immigration. The county’s law, which was enacted in 2007 and modified in 2008, requires that police officers inquire into the immigration status of all people who are arrested on suspicion of violating a state or local law.

The Arizona law, signed in April, gives police wide latitude to check the residency status of anyone who they have “reasonable suspicion” is an illegal immigrant.

“We need to bring the rule of law to all of Virginia,” Stewart said. “As long as the federal government shows no interest in securing the border and no interest in internal enforcement to promote self-deportation, then states and localities will have to pick up the slack.”

Nancy Lyall of the immigrant advocacy group Mexicans Without Borders called the proposal “irresponsible.”

Lyall said that there is a need for immigration reform but that it should be left up to the federal government, not the state. “This type of legislation targeting people who have been a productive part of society for most of their lives is just unheard of and unjust,” Lyall said.

Stewart said that he is working on a final draft but that he wants the legislation to direct Virginia law enforcement officials to determine, in any lawful contact, the legal status of an individual. Another key point of the bill, he said, would be to prohibit jurisdictions from calling themselves sanctuaries for illegal immigrants.

This strikes me as a massive waste of law enforcement time and resources for something that is likely to be of dubious benefit to a state that is no where near an American border.

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