Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Richmond Tmes Dispatch-Is VA Following AZ's Immigration Example?

Bob Brown/Times Dispatch
(story reported by Olympia Meola)

Virginia law-enforcement officers may inquire into the immigration status of people who are stopped or arrested, according to an opinion issued yesterday by Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli

The opinion, sought by Del. Robert G. Marshall, R-Prince William, comes amid a new push for a statewide immigration crackdown in Virginia, and on the heels of Arizona enacting one of the nation's toughest immigration laws.

"Virginia law-enforcement officers have the authority to make the same inquiries as those contemplated by the new Arizona law," Cuccinelli wrote in the opinion.

"So long as the officers have the requisite level of suspicion to believe that a violation of the law has occurred, the officers may detain and briefly question a person they suspect has committed a federal crime."

(click here to read the full story in the Richmond Times-Dispatch)

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