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McDonnell appeals to feds for immigration tool to train troopers

Anita Kumar

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) sent a letter this week officially asking U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano to allow state troopers to act as immigration and customs agents. Read the letter.

McDonnell has spent months trying to reach an agreement with the federal government behind the scenes to train and deputize troopers to make legal status checks and refer individuals for deportation. The superintendent of the Virginia State Police, Virginia secretary of public safety and McDonnell's chief of staff have met with federal officials.

"A partnership of this nature will serve to improve public safety, while providing more resources to an underfunded and understaffed federal agency in the fight against criminal illegal immigration,'' McDonnell said. "The federal government is clearly responsible for border security and immigration law enforcement in this country. However, section 287g of the amended Immigration and Nationality Act wisely permits state and local assistance in that enforcement. Virginians want to see our laws enforced and our communities kept safe and secure."

McDonnell, a former state attorney general, helped several localities, including Prince William County, enter into similar agreements. He also repeatedly pressed former governor Tim Kaine (D) to ask the Bush administration to enter into agreement with Virginia, but Kaine refused believing that immigration should be tackled by the federal government.

The Obama administration has declined to issue the so-called 287g agreements to some states in the past. "The Obama administration has a very different view from the Bush administration,'' McDonnell said last week.

Richard Rocha, a spokesman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, has said he could not comment on pending applications.

Twenty-six states, including Maryland and Arizona, and eight localities in Virginia, including Herndon and Prince William and Loudoun counties, have the so-called 287 (g) status that deputizes local law enforcement.

On behalf of Prince William's police department and sheriff's department, Corey A. Stewart (R-At Large), chairman of the Board of County Supervisors, sought and received 287g status in 2007 and 2008. Since July 2007, officers' work has helped lead to the deportations of nearly 3,000 people.

In recent weeks, the issue of illegal immigration has returned to the forefront in Virginia. Opponents of illegal immigration have felt emboldened because Arizona legislators passed a tough new law.

The Virginia State Police has 1,800 sworn agents. It's unclear how man would be deputized.

By Anita Kumar  |  August 12, 2010; 1:56 PM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Robert F. McDonnell  
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I am black and a registered Democrat. I am beginning to like Governor McDonnell everyday and the Virigina Attorney General on their stance against illegal immigration in the State. I live in Washington, D.C. and my Northwest Ward 4 neighborhood is saturated with illegals from El Salvador and other Central American countries. It's so depressing to have to live in an environment like this daily with people who live like animals and have no regards for community or is civic minded.

Posted by: Ward4DC | August 12, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

The Federal Government under the dictatorship of Obama will not allow the states to stop illegal immigration. It is a core part of this administrations policy to bring in as many illegal immigrants as possible and make them "citizens." They have already directed ICE to stop deportation proceedings, have reduced employer raids by 85%, have relinquished up to 85 miles of American territory to Mexico and attacked our law enforcement heroes with the justice department.

Posted by: redduke | August 12, 2010 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Waiting for liberal heads to explode in 3, 2, 1 ...

Posted by: HughJassPhD | August 12, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Waiting for conservative heads to get hard in 3, 2, 1 ...

Posted by: HughJassPhD | August 12, 2010 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Ward4DC - I appreciate your comments; this is not a race nor party issue. This is an American issue. Immigrants have made this country the unique place it is and what our Government has allowed over the last 20 years is a crime. . . literally.

Posted by: redduke | August 12, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

I wish the had the balls to do the same thing in Maryland. We've become a haven.

Posted by: ceefer66 | August 12, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

One of the few things I agree with McDonnell about...

Posted by: 10bestfan | August 12, 2010 4:04 PM | Report abuse

JESUS-FREAK McRobertson is comin' down on Hispanics in Virginia?

Where's his humanity? His compassion? His love of his fellow human?

He must be thinkin' his Attorney General Ken Coochie-Coochie is getting all the good racial publicity.

Ah, well. Like they used to say to minority Virginians of an earlier era, "Hang in there!"

Posted by: kinkysr | August 12, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

I can't wait to leave this area. I can't wait to leave this area. I can't wait to leave this area. I can't wait to leave this country. I can't wait to leave this country. I can't wait to leave this country.

Posted by: Bigfoot_has_a_posse | August 12, 2010 4:47 PM | Report abuse

My grandfather was born in Virginia and served in WWII. He was a POW in Japan, one of the few to survive the infamous Bataan Death March, and he was used a slave in the factories and fields while he was there. He taught his family never to hate on the basis of skin but heaven help you if you broke the law.

I am certain, he would be glad to see the law restored in Virginia, as am I.

BTW, if our neighbors can get across the border, what is to stop our enemies?

Posted by: webfool | August 12, 2010 6:51 PM | Report abuse

If you think Roman Catholic McDonnell isn't just playing the illegal immigration "game" to stay ahead of the pitchforks, ask him to have The University restore Mr. Jefferson's letters, explaining to Samuel Kercheval that Rome is "the real Anti-Christ," to its on-line library archive they removed. Rome is running illegal immigration as a published, open invasion for conquest of America enunciated in Spanish and English in their "National Pastoral Plan for Hispanic Ministry." Pick up a copy and know the "game" papist McDonnell is playing.

Posted by: iamerican | August 12, 2010 7:05 PM | Report abuse

This is a good idea. Illegal immigration has to stop. We have been too nice with illegals. Over 1 million legal immigrants enter this country each year. That is too much. It has to be reduced. Now illegal aliens have to leave. They enter without visas or overstay. And that is not acceptable. Repus and Democs say we cannot deport 12 or so illegal aliens. I say, yes we can. Just enforce current immigration laws(we do not need new amnesties because this problem is created by illegals. It is not created by this country). Also, fine all employers who hire illegals. Then illegals will leave. We have to control this situation. We cannot allow this situation to control us. NO AMNESTY.

Posted by: post2009 | August 12, 2010 7:10 PM | Report abuse

"It is a core part of this administrations policy to bring in as many illegal immigrants as possible and make them "citizens.""

Wrong, redduke. It was Bush and McCain who wanted 'comprehensive immigration reform' and Reagan who gave the last amnesty. Bush had 8 years to come up with a policy, and giving them a 'path to citizenship' was what they settled on. Businesses and the Chamber of Commerce love illegals, they work cheap. Deportations have actually INCREASED under the Obama administration.

Actually it's almost funny; if illegals get their way and become citizens, their value in the workplace will fall because then they'll be protected by the same rights and expect the same pay and benefits as citizens. And cheap labor is all businesses want them for.

Posted by: onlytheshadowknows1 | August 12, 2010 7:22 PM | Report abuse

Let's see: most of those who come here do so out of desperation for work and taking care of their families. They work their butts at jobs that are hard and pay low wages. Let them come--but make them pay to have background checks so that we know who is coming! Give them a reasonable mechanism to come legally and they will! Its what our ancestors have done for 300 years!

Posted by: bob212 | August 12, 2010 7:36 PM | Report abuse

Yes-I will agree immigrants have do some great things for this country, but illegal alliens which are from Mexico and Central American have not do anything for DC, they have brought drugs, gangs, they have destroyed our communities, they have brough down the quality of school, and they do not even pay taxes. McDonnell has done right and Maryland you next. I wish we can ship these thugs out too.

Posted by: vadcmd | August 12, 2010 7:57 PM | Report abuse

Illegal Hispanic Roman Catholic border jumpers aren't simply "cheap labor," they are votes by which the Roman Catholic Church intends to usurp the American Creed at the ballot box. Their enunciated treason is openly published for all to read: ISBN 1555861997

Posted by: iamerican | August 12, 2010 8:24 PM | Report abuse

N.B. Just checked and it appears UVa has restored the earlier removed letter, in which The Founder identified Rome as "the real Anti-Christ," to their on-line resources. Good going, 'Hoos.

Posted by: iamerican | August 12, 2010 8:57 PM | Report abuse

Please governor, also do something about the right wing scum that has saturated our neighborhoods. We've become a haven for these racist lowlifes and you really need to do something about it.

Posted by: vztownes | August 12, 2010 9:36 PM | Report abuse

It is obvious that this request will be refused. McDonnell is trying to further his national political career at our expense. Maybe he can get his own segment on fox & friends with our birther AG Cuccinelli.

Side effects of this open letter:
* Rubbing salt in open wound and inflaming racial tensions. (See comments)

* Promoting racial profiling by police to the extent that officers now feel justified in harassing people because they look hispanic.

* Destroying any relationship hispanic communities have with law enforcement. Imagine you are here illegally and are raped. The rapist will likely go free to rape again because you are afraid to talk to the police.

* Showing the nation that Virginia is xenophobic, has disdain for human rights and deserves an AZ style boycott. We are talking about singling out one race for harassment, and locking people up for a civil violations, and denying them bail.

I was about to be proud of McD for stepping back from Cuccinelli's radical nuttery, but he has surprised me, and angered me to the extent that I am preparing to leave the state because I am afraid of what this dynamic duo will do next.

The humane solution to the immigration problem would be to fine employers of illegals. But there are too many large corporations that depend on this workforce that are filling republican campaign coffers (*cough*smithfield*cough*) If there are no jobs to be found here, illegals have less incentive to come. The economic downturn plotted against number of incoming immigrants has proved this - google it.

Posted by: SoftwareStartup | August 13, 2010 9:30 AM | Report abuse

Softwarestartup writes:
* Showing the nation that Virginia is xenophobic, has disdain for human rights and deserves an AZ style boycott. We are talking about singling out one race for harassment, and locking people up for a civil violations, and denying them bail. ----Hispanic is not a "race". Some Hispanics are white, others are black or Indian but many are mixed race. As for denying them bail---if they are here illegally and are arrested, then they are considered to be a flight risk. As for the AZ boycott, it's a flop. Yes, some conventions got cancelled. However, if you were to look at the various travel forums out there, you would notice that many people are planning AZ vacations. Visitors still have to book hotels near the Grand Canyon a year in advance. ---------
* Promoting racial profiling by police to the extent that officers now feel justified in harassing people because they look hispanic-----------Please post a link showing that this has actually happened in VA. I'm half-Hispanic and go about my daily life here in VA with no worries about being harassed "because [I] look hispanic [sic]" Nor have I seen many of the Hispanics I come across on a daily basis exhibiting such fears.-------------
I was about to be proud of McD for stepping back from Cuccinelli's radical nuttery, but he has surprised me, and angered me to the extent that I am preparing to leave the state because I am afraid of what this dynamic duo will do next.----------"radical nuttery"? Enforcing immigration laws is "radical nuttery"? Since when? I am very pleased that our governor and AG are trying to do something about illegal immigration. However, if you like lawlessness and anarchy, you are free to move to a sanctuary state.

BTW, there is nothing racist about wanting immigration laws enforced. For example, in 2006, ICE deported illegals back to 189 different countries. That represents every race, religion and ethnicity. As for it being "xenophobic" to want something done about illegal immigration---The US is the most tolerant and welcoming country in the world. However, we do ask that those who want to immigrate here do so legally. There is nothing "xenophobic about that.


Posted by: two4three2 | August 13, 2010 5:47 PM | Report abuse


@ two4three

We need to fight this before it becomes a reality. You seen to be happy with McDonnell & Cuccinelli using hispanics as a political football? Immigration is trending downward, and there is no reason to push this issue right now except they are trying to claw their way on to the national stage by leveraging the current anti-immigrant hysteria.

CUCCINELLI Nuttery - too many examples to list,...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q-3nkQYONic

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c-ie2WFZkMY

McDonnell backs off Cuccinelli bigotry:
http://28thamendment.wordpress.com/2010/03/06/cuccinelli-letter/


Posted by: SoftwareStartup | August 14, 2010 8:48 AM | Report abuse

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