McDonnell no longer concerned about Arizona immigration law
Whatever misgivings Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) may have had about Arizona's tough immigration law he seems to have gotten over them.
On his monthly call-in show Thursday on WRVA in Richmond, McDonnell told listeners that not only does he understand why lawmakers in Arizona passed their bill, but that many of the same provisions have already been enacted in Virginia.
"We've taken a lot of steps, frankly since 9/11...to enact significant driver's license reform, to significantly crack down on criminal immigrants so that we have a no-bond presumption for people that are illegally present,'' he said. "We are actually checking the status of a person accused of a crime at the time of a offense. A good deal of those things are already in Virginia law. I'm a strong supporter of promoting the rule of law."
In April, McDonnell said on the radio that parts of the Arizona bill concerned him. "I'm concerned about the whole idea of carrying papers and always having to be able to prove your citizenship,'' he said at the time. "That brings up some shades of some other regimes that weren't necessarily helpful to democracy.
But Thursday McDonnell spoke in great detail about his support of the "rule of law."
McDonnell repeatedly blamed the federal government for failing to deal with immigration, and said he had encouraged the federal government to invest more resources in immigration and customs agents when he was attorney general.
"There's been paralysis at the federal level for years and years that is unacceptable. In my view that is why there is such great frustration in Arizona, a border state that has got such tremendous problems with criminal illegal aliens and why they passed the law that they have,'' he said.
"Until the federal government comes up with a comprehensive solution to secure the border, to provide more enforcement and resources with ICE, particularly with criminal illegal aliens, and addresses the question with what you do with those that are illegally present currently, we're still going to still have the same predicament."
June 24, 2010; 10:30 AM ET
Categories: Anita Kumar , Immigration , Robert F. McDonnell
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