Virginia shouldn't be deterred by federal immigration suit, Stewart says
The Justice Department's lawsuit against Arizona and its controversial immigration law won't stop Prince William County Board of Supervisors Chairman Corey A. Stewart's campaign to bring a similar law to Virginia.
If anything, Stewart said, he will push harder to get legislation passed at the state level that will enhance police officials' power to capture, detain and deport illegal immigrants and create specific Virginia penalties for illegal immigrants.
"I think the Obama administration has made a strategic blunder," Stewart said. "The Justice Department is going to have egg on its face when its case is dismissed. Arizona is on very firm legal footing and the administration is just trying to intimidate Arizona."
In June, Stewart launched his Virginia Rule of Law Campaign to rally support for immigration reform legislation. Stewart said Virginia needs to follow in Arizona's footsteps, even if it sends the Obama administration after the Commonwealth.
"I hope the Justice Department sues Virginia as well," he said. "I hope they have so many targets that they are unable to focus on Arizona. ...Every state that supports Arizona should implement a similar law to make it impossible for the [feds] to focus on any one state or jurisdiction."
Acknowledging the Commonwealth is already strapped for cash, Stewart said a lawsuit and the money it could cost would be worth it. Stewart said he plans to release his proposed bill within the next few days. Many have supported Arizona's actions, Stewart said, and he expects the same in Virginia. Currently, Stewart has more than 400 people following his Virginia Rule of Law Campaign Facebook page.
July 7, 2010; 3:00 PM ET
Categories: Corey Stewart , Immigration , Jennifer Buske , Prince William
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