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Thursday July 22, 2010

Virginia Becomes “Legal Friend” of Arizona’s Immigration Legislation

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. 

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