Groups urge McDonnell not to allow state troopers to act as immigration agents
A coalition of groups and individuals concerned about effective community policing are lobbying Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) to drop his request to allow state troopers to act as immigration and customs agents.
VA SCOPE sent a letter to McDonnell urging him not to move forward with his proposal to ask the federal government to train and deputize Virginia State Police troopers to make legal status checks and refer individuals for deportation, which it calls "unnecessary" and "ineffective."
"Virginia has led the nation in taking steps (many of which we opposed as excessive, overreaching or ineffective) designed in theory to address public safety issues related to criminal conduct by people from other countries here either with or without authority. None of these programs has yet been proven to [enhance the ability of law enforcement to stop crime], yet some have been shown increasingly to affect adversely working people and their families who have committed no crimes. Signing a state-level MOA would be a redundant and reckless step that would further erode trust between law enforcement and Virginia's immigrant communities at a time when that trust is urgently needed, and without any evidence that it is necessary to take this step to keep Virginians safe."
McDonnell has spent months trying to reach an agreement with the federal government. He recently sent a letter to Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano.
McDonnell spokeswoman Stacey Johnson said the governor's office respectfully disagrees with VA SCOPE.
"A 287(g) partnership is a common-sense way for the federal government to partner with the Commonwealth to improve public safety and assist with providing some of the resources needed by our law enforcement who are dealing with criminal illegal immigration and its impact on Virginia citizens. This program will help keep Virginia communities, neighborhoods and families safer."
Read the full letter.
August 30, 2010; 1:15 PM ET
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