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Groups urge McDonnell not to allow state troopers to act as immigration agents

Anita Kumar

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.

By Anita Kumar  |  August 30, 2010; 1:15 PM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Robert F. McDonnell  
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A large margin of Americans cannot blame Arizona’s Governor Brewer or State Senator Peirce for not trying to protect its own state inhabitants from the illegal alien invasion, costs of welfare using whatever laws are available to them; including SB1070. Then again we cannot blame numerous state Representatives on tweaking the 14th Amendment for instant baby citizenship, that is also costing billions of dollars in welfare programs. If the courts finally approve Arizona's SB 1070 law and can go ahead with policing penalties the real evacuation will begin. Hundreds of thousands of illegal households will depart for other defenseless states already inundated with their share of foreign nationals, including Virginia.Perhaps then--Sanctuary States--like California will uphold federal law, when their suffering welfare system starts to sparks out and the taxpayers will demand to the Sacramento assembly pandering to these people.Just by the federal government mandating the E-Verify program for every workers, illegal labor will find no work and pack up different states and leave.

This should cause a firestorm in many other states who are already submerging under a adverse financial impact of foreign workers and their households. After departure of multitudes of these illegal individuals, wages will rise and legitimate immigrants and citizens will locate more employment. BLAME THE LIBERAL DEMOCRATS AND A SMALL MINORITY OF REPUBLICANS, FOR THE C

Posted by: infinity555 | August 30, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

BLAME THE LIBERAL DEMOCRATS AND A SMALL MINORITY OF REPUBLICANS, FOR THE CHAOS CAUSED BY NOT CONSTRUCTING THE DOUBLE FENCING? We have billions to spend on wars abroad, but Sen. Harry Reid(D-NV), Texas Republican Sens. Kay Bailey Hutchison and John Cornyn are also to blame for discarding the second fence, which if completed would have been topped with ugly razor wire. This is truly "Cause and Effect" by eliminating the second border fence, is why we still have mass volumes of people entering America. This unceasing issue of this chaos is the government having failed to seal the border.

Now Immigration Czar John Morton has decided to allow ICE to deport serious criminal offenders, instead of--ALL--illegal aliens, which to most Americans is a "De Facto" Amnesty. As that means Catch & Release" is back on the rails, with thousands are out-- and--about, taking jobs and lowering wages. A COUNTRY WITH ALL THE TECHNICAL KNOWLEDGE CANNOT CLOSE THE BORDER? THIS IS A INSULT TO ALL CITIZENS AND LEGAL RESIDENTS? EVERY INCUMBENT, CAREER LAWMAKER WHO HAS A DISMAL IMMIGRATION RECORD, BEGINNING WITH SEN. HARRY REID AND HIS CZARS MUST BE REMOVED FROM THEIR SEAT IN WASHINGTON. THIS ASYLUM IN WASHINGTON NEEDS A CHANGE OF GUARDS? JOIN NumbersUSA AND AID IN FIGHTING AGAINST AMNESTY OR ASTRONOMICAL COSTS FROM THIS INVASION.

On our soil are poor people from other countries, depleting our welfare for Americans and residents. Are you Sick & Tired of this travesty? Tell your Representative in Washington at 202-224-3121 and State level officials. Remember illegal aliens could have voted in the midterm elections? The Obama administration has shown its true colors, that illegal immigration is a great way to accumulate votes in the future by pacifying large minority groups.

Posted by: infinity555 | August 30, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

1607, Jamestown: the year the first illegal immigrants arrived in this country.

Posted by: habaneronegrito1 | August 30, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

There has been enough nonsense-Deport all illegal aliens now!!

Posted by: 10bestfan | August 30, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

The whole immigration lampoon is smoke and mirrors tactics from Conservatives to diverse voters’ attention about Tax reform, conservatives are using immigration as Trojan horse to take control of the congress. Get your priorities straight when you vote next November, if we ended up with a conservative based republican majority in the Congress they will block the tax cuts the president promised for 95% of Americans just to sabotage the president agenda and win the 2012 elections at the cost of a prolonged economic recession for us to suffer. Businesses will be opened and expand in California as well as around the Nation once we can get a strong demand for products or services internally, USA is the mayor consumer globally so local and outsourced American businesses depend on that demand, we are the capitalism engine of the World, if 95% Americans get a tax break with a new Tax reform as the president promised the renewed expenditure capacity of all Americans will get the United States out of its economic recession overnight.
Why people forgot that we are in this economic recession because Americans lost their expenditure capacity when the Bush administration allowed gas prices to rise up to $5 per gallon in less than 6 months and that’s the risk that our financial system couldn’t take and nobody could prevent because the reasons why we suffered such gas price increases while simultaneously Bush and Dick Cheney got billions out of their petroleum empires are unknown until this day and that fact still preoccupy investors about uncertainty and unreasonable unpredictability of the markets the recession is due to conservatives whereas the president is trying to fix it.

Posted by: seansmith5511 | August 30, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Illegal immigrants are not “undocumented.” They have many fraudulent documents such as counterfeit Social Security cards, forged drivers licenses, fake “green cards,” and phony birth certificates. Experts conclude that approximately 75 percent of working-age illegal aliens use fraudulent Social Security cards to obtain employment. These are identity theft crimes resulting in multiple felonies! Yet Obuma and his hired crooks(Morton/NAPALATANO) ARE PLANNING ON RELEASING THESE MULTIPLE FELONS!!! Remember
well come November-clean house!!!


Most (98 percent) Social Security number (SSN) thieves use their own names with stolen numbers. The federal E-Verify program, now mandated in only 14 states, can detect this fraud. Universal, mandatory use of E-Verify would curb this and stop virtually 100 percent of child identity theft. Vote only for those who support E-Verify.

Posted by: RobBurt | August 30, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Secured communites actually works since everyone arrested gets checked for legal status. What VA Scope doesnt like is that everyone who is caught in it is deported!!! Thats why Ritter, the CO Gov is being heavily lobbied not to sign it or if he signs it; its so narrow in scope; we are not going to be deporting everyone!!!

E Verify only works with w 2 jobs. If you are an independent contractor and get paid via a 1099 misc; you dont have to provide proof of right to work so when you advocate for this; please make sure it is for all work!!! Contract work is done alot by illegals because its exempt under the I 9 from the prove you have the right to work to be working.

By the way if we had a national id card that is linked to your ssn; it would be a very simple matter to see who is here legally and who is not. Where is Real Id? and when is it going to be law?

What we dont get is all the fights on both sides of the ailse to deal with the illegal immigration situation yet they do not have a problem paying trillions of dollars to fight 2 wars yet they dont have the money to put up fencing, a national id, etc.

Its a matter of priorites and this citizen is not going to be voting for anyone that is giving any amnesty to any illegals!!!

Posted by: jmfay | August 30, 2010 6:20 PM | Report abuse

This is a full scale invasion by Mexico + OTMs. Mexico and their South American partners have an agenda and these so called workers are their foot soldiers that are feed the propaganda that this is their land and they have the right to be here. Don’t be fooled by political correctness because theses are not GOOD people and many are convicted criminals. Don’t be fooled when they put on their sad eyes and tell you their sad stories because behind our back their story is much different. Yes we can deport them all! I know this sounds extreme but these people are our enemies.

Posted by: AmericaPieHole | August 30, 2010 7:20 PM | Report abuse

It wasn't hard for those state troopers to figure out how bad it is take steps to single out a minority that is as American as themselves!

Posted by: marcelosba | August 30, 2010 9:32 PM | Report abuse

SEANSMITH 5511:

YOU GOT IT!

THE TROJAN HORSE!

ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS ARE THE SCAPEGOAT CONSERVATIVES ARE USING TO DRAW OUR ATTENTION FROM THE DAMAGE THEY DID!

THEY WANT MORE!

THEY WANT SMALL GOVERNMENT NOW!
SO THEY CAN KEEP BUSTING THE SAFE WE TAX PAYERS WORK SO HARD TO KEEP FULL - IN THEIR PRIVATE ENTERPRISES!

TAXES PAYERS ARE THE STAKEHOLDERS OF THE GOVERNMENT, WE ARE THE STOCKHOLDERS OF THE GOVERNMENT, WE MUST DEMAND THAT OUR GOVERNMENT GROWS AND GIVE US A SHARE OF ITS PROFIT: EDUCATION, HEALTH CARE, AFFORDABLE HOUSING, SECURITY...
SMALL GOVERNEMENT IS A MYTH
THERE IS EITHER GOVERNMENT OR NO GOVERNMENT AT ALL!

Posted by: marcelosba | August 30, 2010 10:00 PM | Report abuse

I ask the following question: What is a crime? To work in this country one has to produce acceptable ID's. If you are here illegally, you still have to produce ID's but they are of course forged. My dad was born in 1905 and after a long life died in 1999. Since he had died, my brother and I are aware of the fact that he has had 34 jobs - he may have had more but these are the ones we know of. How do we know? He did not pay credit card bills, he did not pay his mortgage, he did not pay his taxes, and on and on. At some point, people contact either my brother or myself looking for my dad. Usually, we simply provide a death certificate and that is the end of it, but not always and in several instances we have not been able to resolve the matter. Over the years, my brother and I have spent a goodly amount of time and somewhere in the mid 5 figures in dealing with my fathers employment after he died. I miss my dad and each and every time I have to spent time and effort explaining why he could not have bought a car and so forth it hurts. I do not know who is using my dad's ID but it is a good guess that many if not most are illegal immigrants. Therefore, my question to everyone is are these people criminals or are they simply people looking for work? Before you answer this question imaging the hurt my brother and I have experienced. If you ask me or my brother, we would deport each and every illegal immigrant and do so in good conscience.

Posted by: jeffreed | August 30, 2010 10:07 PM | Report abuse

i feel ever state,county,citity and towns should be using 287(G) or no federal funds will be given tothem!

Posted by: jtrrailroad | August 31, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

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