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Cooch Tries to Turn VA Into AZ on Immigration

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Oh wonderful.

Law enforcement officials in Virginia can inquire into immigration status of those they stop or arrest–just as they can under a controversial new immigration law in Arizona–Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli has ruled in an official legal opinion.

Written in response to a request for legal advice from Del. Bob Marshall (R-Prince William), Cuccinelli ruled that police officers and other legal authorities can look into the immigration status of anyone stopped or arrested.

But, but, but, wait! The Washington Post Sunday Magazine profile on Cooch portrayed him as a hero, a strong family man, a principled, authentic defender of sexual assault victims and fighter against “liberal universities,” etc., etc.  Which makes this latest action so out of character, and so confusing. Please explain, oh great Washington Post!

UPDATE: Arlington to Cooch, “Citizens living or traveling through Arlington should not be worried that our actions will be changing.”

  • blue bronc

    The AG is really prepping for a teabagger nomination for governor or prez.  Maybe a birther attack case will help too? Or repealing the 19th Amendment?

    Somehow the cost of these tax payer paid adventures must be made public.

  • Dan Sullivan

    Bold new concept. Don’t even need activist judges.

  • Attorney General Cuccinelli has ripped away the welcome mat for hundreds of thousands of residents of Virginia,” said Adam Sharp, Family Caucus Chair of the Virginia Young Democrats. “Law-abiding legal immigrants who are raising families and growing our economy will now potentially have to prove their right to be here every time they interact with law enforcement. Today’s opinion should send a chill through every chamber of commerce in the commonwealth. The Attorney General’s message is clear: Virginia is closed to talent, closed to growth and closed for business if that talent, growth and business isn’t white.

  • DanielK

    First off, this is an opinion and does not require to law enforcement to do anything they don’t already do.  Secondly, in my opinion Arizona should try and emulate Virginia if they really want to tackle illegal immigration.  Even pro-illegal advocates agree that Virginia’s participation in the Secure Communities Program has the potential to deport substantially more illegals than Arizona could ever dream of.  If Arizona wants to combat illegal immigration they need to recognize that you need to work in conjunction with ICE and the federal government which is something Virginia does perfectly.  In my opinion, Virginia is substantially more strict on illegal immigration than Arizona is and we do everything within the confines of federal law which shows states can maintain a successful partnership with ICE.

    Now, I’ll be writing a more detailed analysis of this at New Dominion Project later tonight BUT in a nutshell this really isn’t that big of a deal.  This opinion is strictly that, an opinion. It doesn’t require police to do anything they don’t already do.  Police and deputies run into illegal aliens all the time and usually, they are let go on their way because they don’t have any authority to arrest them.  Obviously if they are previously deported then ICE will have an active arrest warrant out for them but for the most part they are sent on their way.  Besides, even if an officer determines they are illegal (which isn’t hard to do as many will openly tell you honestly) what are they going to do?  ICE is responsible for initially I-247 Forms to initiate an investigation into deportation.  Legal immigrants have nothing to worry about even though people will argue otherwise.  Illegal immigrants even have nothing to worry about unless they are actively wanted by ICE in which their arrest warrants are entered in NCIC like any other arrest warrant.