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Not that we've ever been anything but awesome...
From the bastion of colonialism comes word that another state will stand at the door with Arizona. Along with about a dozen other states who are doing their best to keep that door open against the oppression and bombardments of the Feds, Virginia has added its historical strengths to the fight.
From Fox News we have the news:
In a decision that could lay the groundwork for an Arizona-style immigration policy, Virginia's attorney general said state law enforcement officers are allowed to check the immigration status of anyone "stopped or arrested."
Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli issued the legal opinion Friday extending that authority to Virginia police in response to an inquiry over whether his state could mirror the policies passed into law in Arizona.
"It is my opinion that Virginia law enforcement officers, including conservation officers may, like Arizona police officers, inquire into the immigration status of persons stopped or arrested," he wrote.
Hey, Hey, Hey. What do you say? I think it is time that we sue the feds for NOT doing their duty. Make them do their job. If not, then GET OFF OUR BACKS!!!
So, is this decision just a spit-in-the-wind statement? Or, was their a reason for it?
The state's top attorney wrote the opinion in response to a question from state Del. Bob Marshall, who represents Prince William County.
Marshall's county implemented a law that requires police to check the immigration status of everyone they arrest -- but not everyone they come in legal contact with.
Hmmmm. A county in Virginia has passed a law that those people who are arrested, their status' can be checked by local law enforcement personnel. Mexico? Where is Mexico?
While there are nearly a dozen states that have laws similar to Arizona, there are HUNDREDS of cities and counties that have enacted these kinds of laws.
That door of Liberty is getting wider and wider.
[UPDATE:] Meanwhile, an illegal immigrant who was arrested twice, taken in to custody by ICE, and then released twice while awaiting his deportation, has been arrested again for causing the death of a nun while DUI.
Where is this?
ICE officials late Monday said they were preparing a statement on Martinelly’s deportation case, but it had not been released at press time.
Corey Stewart, chairman of the Prince William Board of Supervisors, called the nun’s death “appalling.“
“The despicable thing is that this criminal was … handed over to ICE twice, and released by ICE twice. He’s gone out an killed a nun. That’s a perfect example of what’s wrong with immigration enforcement in this country,” said Stewart, who has drafted legislation for stricter illegal immigration laws statewide. “The blame is on representatives in Congress for being so flaccid on the issue, and they continue not to fund the deportation of illegal immigrants in this country.”
Stewart said he hopes the case attracts attention to the illegal immigration issue.
In 2007, he led county supervisors in passing a strict illegal immigration policy that garnered national attention.