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Prince William chairman unveils Arizona-like immigration bill

Corey Stewart, chairman of the Prince William Board of County Supervisors, released legislation today that outlines how Virginia can crack down on illegal immigration yet avoid the pitfalls Arizona has faced with its controversial immigration law.

Dubbed the Virginia Rule of Law Act, the legislation enhances police officials' power to capture, detain and deport illegal aliens; curbs illegal day laboring; and creates specific state penalties for illegal immigrants.

Like the Arizona law, Stewart's legislation states that law enforcement officials are required to check the status of anyone who is detained if there is "reasonable suspicion" that they are here illegally. Stewart, however, said his law will stand up in court because unlike Arizona, Virginia won't make it illegal for people not to carry their immigration documents with them. He also said there is a more conservative judiciary system in the commonwealth than out west.

"This same model [was] used in Prince William and was found to be legal by a federal district court judge," Stewart said. "I'm confident we would get different results here."

Prince William received national attention in 2007 for its crackdown on illegal immigration. While the county's original law did stand before a judge in Alexandria, the county has since modified its law so that police officers inquire into the immigration status of all people who are arrested on suspicion of violating a state or local law.

Stewart said his legislation goes a step farther than Arizona's. His legislation makes it illegal to register a vehicle in the name of an illegal immigrant and to transport an illegal immigrant. It also prohibits illegal immigrants from purchasing real estate and adds a fee to all international wire transfers of money. Stewart said the fee, which, under the draft legislation would be $5 for transactions under $500, would be returned to legal residents who pay Virginia taxes. The money collected from illegal immigrants would go to support the Virginia Rule of Law effort.

Stewart launched his rule of law campaign in June and, despite the Obama administration's action against Arizona, Stewart forged ahead. He also has encouraged other states to follow in Arizona's footsteps and take a stance on illegal immigration.

"I think the Obama administration has made a strategic blunder," Stewart said after the initial lawsuit against Arizona. "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."

Stewart said he will continue to lobby for support from Virginia residents before bringing his measure to state legislators. He has about 10,000 supporters on his Web site.

Jennifer Buske

By Anita Kumar  |  July 29, 2010; 12:23 PM ET
Categories:  Corey Stewart , Immigration , Jennifer Buske  
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Go, Corey, Go!

Dare Holder to sue you!

Force Obama Administration to keep going on record that it puts the interests of foreigners and criminals ahead of American citizens.

It's time for civil disobedience and non-violent resistance against a treasonous federal government (both parties).

Think 1776 + 1964.

Posted by: pmendez | July 29, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Why does the Prince William Board of Supervisors hate the Constitution?

All Virginia Tea Party members must tell them to stop this unconstitutional law immmediately! Stand up for your principles!

Posted by: krickey7 | July 29, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Capture & DEPORT any/ALL ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS within the U.S. Borders.

STOP the "Catch & Release" policy.

Adios Amigos!

Posted by: Robbnitafl | July 29, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Go, Corey, Go!

Dare Holder to sue you!

Force Obama Administration to keep going on record that it puts the interests of foreigners and criminals ahead of American citizens.

It's time for civil disobedience and non-violent resistance against a treasonous federal government (both parties).

Think 1776 + 1964.

Posted by: pmendez

Obama isn't suing anyone. But I guess when you want a political fight as a republican you can make up anything to get yourselves worked up. Obama has bigger things to worry about like fixing the messes of the previous president and administration just in case you forgot. If he wanted a political fight he could have gone after Bush and Cheney. But what I find more lame is our obsession with illegal only after we noticed they were latinos. If only we would have cared as much back when they were asian and arab or jamaican. Perhaps 9/11/2001 would have been just another sunny day in NYC and Washington. The fact is we only use the immigration issue as a political tool for local politics. And we still only focus on latinos. Meanwhile people from other countries are the ones trying to blow us up. Can we start deporting some of them too?

Posted by: ged0386 | July 29, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

We must train the politicians already in Washington, that the Arizona law represents the American people’s defense, against 30 years of unequivocal failure to seal the border and deportation. That even now the fence not completed, and does not represent the original specifications of two fences stretched 1800 miles from the Pacific to Gulf of Mexico. Secretly--behind closed doors, the Democratic leadership in the 2006 Senate Omnibus Law Sen. Kay Baily Hutchinson, sponsored by Sen. John Cornyn, (R-TX) attacked a major provisions of a second independent 15 foot chain-link fence that was eliminated. With a militarize border carrying automatic weapons the Arizona's law would never have been signed by Governor Brewer? The gang slime and cesspool of criminals would never have materialized in such numbers in border cities, as double parallel fences policed by 6000 permanent federal troops and US Border patrol as Mexico does with Guatemala, would have stopped the carnage in the border region.

What Obama hopes to do with unarmed military in small numbers sitting at desk, is amazingly stupid and misguided as any hopes of stopping the potential deaths is political suicide; a serious danger to National Security. Why defend foreign nations with soldiers and money, when our government for decades refuses to defend this country? The tea Party, Independents, rogue Democrats, Republicans and pro-sovereignty Liberals and millions of well-informed Americans see that this is a way to appease the corrupt authorities in Mexico. Every US patriotic citizen and legal resident must demand from their confused lawmakers at state and federal level in demanding E-Verify permanently. This will gradually remove illegal aliens by auditing workplaces (old and new workers--temporarily or permanent jobs) and bring to justice employers who are flouting the law and put them in prison. WE AS THE VOTERS OF AMERICA CAN DO THIS, RIDDING OURSELVES OF SENATORS LIKE REID, McCAIN, PELOSI, SCHUMER, GRAHAM, FEINSTEIN PUSHING FOR AMNESTY AND THE DREAM ACT. WHAT WE SHOULD DEMAND FROM THE LEGISLATORS IS IMMEDIATE REVITALIZATION OF THE “SAVE ACT & CLEAR ACT.” ALL INCUMBENTS NEED TO JOIN THE JOBLESS. FIND FACTS AT NUMBERSUSA & GOVERNMENT CORRUPTION AT JUDICIAL WATCH. Bombard the Washington switchboard at 202-224-3121

Posted by: infinity555 | July 29, 2010 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Immigration Reform…
Should America Follow Arizona's Lead?
Here are the results!
The Total Number of people who voted in this poll: 329,872
1) Should America follow Arizona’s lead when it comes to immigration reform?
97% voted: Yes
2% voted: No
0% voted: Undecided
2) Do you believe illegal immigrants take jobs U.S. citizens want?
85% voted: Yes
9% voted: No
5% voted: Undecided
3) Do you feel being asked for proof of citizenship is a violation of your civil rights?
4% voted: Yes
95% voted: No
1% voted: Undecided
4) Would you like to see your state pass a similar immigration law?
93% voted: Yes
2% voted: No
0% voted: Undecided
3% voted: I live in Arizona
5) For whom did you vote in the 2008 presidential election
7% voted: Obama/Biden
80% voted: McCain/Palin
12% voted: Other
Thank you for your participation.
If you haven't voted click here.

Posted by: ketrout | July 29, 2010 8:54 PM | Report abuse

The Judge that made this ruling should be DISBARRED. Her motivations are clearly Party Preferred and not Legal. Arizona violate's no law, nor does it prevent Federal Law from doing its job (which, in itself, is an oxymoron because the failure of Government doing its job is what led Arizona to take necessary action it took). There's an estimated 20 million illegals in the US and this is what the Democrats are after. They couldn't give a Crap about these Mexicans! They only seek to gain there electoral support. Think about the unemployment rate. Add another 20 Million more. Then think that these people become eligible for every Government Program out there the we the tax payers pay for. No other country in the WORLD would ever consider this, NONE. Yet they are quick to condemn.
If you cross the North Korean border illegally you get 12 years hard
If you cross the Iranian border illegally you are detained indefinitely.
If you cross the Afghan border illegally, you get shot.
If you cross the Saudi Arabian border illegally you will be jailed.
If you cross the Chinese border illegally you may never be heard from
If you cross the Venezuelan border illegally you will be branded a spy
and your fate will be sealed.
If you cross the Mexican borders illegally you will jailed for two years.
If you cross the Cuban border illegally you will be thrown into political
prison to rot.
If you cross the United States border illegally you get:
1 - A job
2 - A driver's license
3 - A Social Security card
4 - Welfare
5 - Food stamps
6 - Credit cards
7 - Subsidized rent or a loan to buy a house
8 - Free education
9 - Free health care
10 - A lobbyist in Washington
11 - Billions of dollars in public documents printed in your language
12 - Millions of servicemen and women who are willing to - and do - die
for your right to the ways and means of our constitution
13 - And the right to carry the flag of your country - the one you walked
out on - while you call America racist and protest that you don't get
enough respect.

Posted by: ketrout | July 29, 2010 8:56 PM | Report abuse

After you read the section from the CA Penal Code 834b, one should wonder why those here in California are even opening up their mouths and bad mouthing Arizona for their law SB 1070?
I myself support Arizona’s SB 1070. I also hope that more states will follow suit and pass similar laws and start enforcing them so that can deport ALL of the ILLEGAL ALIENS back to their own country. I personally am tired of my tax dollars going to supporting them and paying to educate them, as well as providing them with free medical care.

834b of the California Penal Code that deals with immigration law enforcement at the local level.

(a) Every law enforcement agency in California shall fully cooperate with the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service regarding any person who is arrested if he or she is suspected of being present in the United States in violation of federal immigration laws. (b) With respect to any such person who is arrested, and suspected of being present in the United States in violation of federal immigration laws, every law enforcement agency shall do the following: (1) Attempt to verify the legal status of such person as a citizen of the United States, an alien lawfully admitted as a permanent resident, an alien lawfully admitted for a temporary period of time or as an alien who is present in the United States in violation of immigration laws. The verification process may include, but shall not be limited to, questioning the person regarding his or her date and place of birth, and entry into the United States, and demanding documentation to indicate his or her legal status. (2) Notify the person of his or her apparent status as an alien who is present in the United States in violation of federal immigration laws and inform him or her that, apart from any criminal justice proceedings, he or she must either obtain legal status or leave the United States. (3) Notify the Attorney General of California and the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service of the apparent illegal status and provide any additional information that may be requested by any other public entity. (c) Any legislative, administrative, or other action by a city, county, or other legally authorized local governmental entity with jurisdictional boundaries, or by a law enforcement agency, to prevent or limit the cooperation required by subdivision (a) is expressly prohibited.

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Posted by: ketrout | July 29, 2010 8:59 PM | Report abuse

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