A Stunning Setback For Obama
Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli issued the legal opinion Friday extending the authority to Virginia police in response to an inquiry over whether his state could mirror the policies passed into law in Arizona.
Virginia’s attorney general said state law enforcement officers are allowed to check the immigration status of anyone “stopped or arrested.”
But in an interview with Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren, Cuccinelli underscored that in Virginia pursuing immigration offenses is up to the officers — not required, as it is under Arizona’s controversial immigration law.
“We are not mandating to our law enforcement that they make these inquiries on every stop,” Cuccinelli said, noting that Arizona’s law requires officers to check the immigration status of anyone stopped for other reasons when there is reasonable suspicion that they are in the country illegally. ( read full story via Breaking News | Latest News | Current News – FOXNews.com.)
This should give the Obama administration something to think about. There are more and more states lining up with their own enhanced immigration laws to support the State of Arizona, who is being sued by the Obama administration.
posted by rightthingtodo on August 3, 2010