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Virginia Attorney General Rules in Favor of AZ-style Law

Virginia Attorney General ruled in an official legal opinion that police officers and other legal authorities can question individuals on immigration status of anyone stopped or arrested. In the state of Virginia, official opinions of an attorney general are considered law unless a judge disagrees.

Attorney General Ken Cuccineli distinguishes between the ability of local law enforcement to arrest suspects of committing criminal violations of immigration laws and those believed to violate civil immigration statues. For example, illegally crossing a border would be considered a criminal violation, while overstaying a valid visa is considered a civil offense. ‘…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,’ he writes.


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