Virginia is expected to enact strict immigration laws similar to Arizona’s controversial SB 1070 within the next year announced its Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli. Virginia already has several anti-immigatory laws on its books ranging from E-verify to allowing law enforcement to question someone on their legal status in the country. In addition, in solidarity with Arizona, the Attorney General signed a “friend-of-the-court” legal brief supporting Arizona’s legislation, one of nine other states to do so.
Viriginia has close to 500,000 Hispanics in its state which represents 2% of its population; the majority of which are undocumented and the trend is growing. The state does have two Democratic Senators Mark Warner and Jim Webb that have voted on pro-immigration legislation. They did not vote to enact the E-verify program at a federal level and did vote to support funding for sanctuary city policies.