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Park Rangers in Virginia Can Enforce Federal Immigration Laws

Attorney General of the Commonwealth of Virginia, Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II, gave Viriginia “Park Rangers” the authority to enforce federal immigration laws. This was a result of an “Advisory Opinion” solicited by Robert G. Marshall, a member of the state’s House of Delegates. The Attorney General reasoned that “nothing in Virginia or United States law prohibits conservation officers from inquiring about criminal violations of the immigration laws and, where appropriate, making an arrest.” Cuccinnelli made the distinction that the state’s Park Rangers do not have the authority to prevent and detect crime, safeguard life and property, or to enforce state or local laws.