Virginia General Assembly Takes a Stand Against Sanctuary Policies

This week, the Virginia General Assembly advanced two bills to increase state and local cooperation with federal immigration authorities and ban sanctuary policies that impede immigration enforcement in the state.  The Virginia General Assembly is one of about a dozen state legislatures this year to tackle sanctuary cities head on with statewide legislation.

Flag_of_Virginia.svgSpecifically, the Virginia House of Delegates passed House Bill (HB) 481 to prohibit law enforcement from releasing any criminal alien subject to an immigration detainer, except for the purpose of transferring the criminal alien to federal custody or another facility. Under HB 481, if law enforcement officials violate this provision and an alien goes on to later injure an individual, that person will be compensated for such injury by the state’s criminal injuries fund. HB 481 passed the House of Delegates by a 68-29 vote, with bipartisan support.

Additionally, the Virginia Senate voted 21-19 to pass Senate Bill (SB) 270, which would prohibit localities from enacting any sanctuary ordinance, procedure, or policy that restricts the enforcement of federal immigration law to less than the full extent permitted by federal law. Under SB 270, any locality found to have violated the measure by enacting a sanctuary policy will see a reduction in their state funding.  Shortly following the vote, Senate Republicans filed a motion requesting a reconsideration of the bill. SB 270 is expected to be voted on again in the near future.

“This is very simple: We are either voting for rule of law or voting against it,” commented Senator Thomas Garrett (R- 22), sponsor of SB 270. Currently, at least 11 localities in the state have demonstrated records of refusing cooperation with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) requests.

Virginia is not the only state to advance legislation targeting sanctuary policies this session. The Florida House of Representatives passed HB 675 last week, banning such policies and allowing victims of sanctuary policies to claim damages.

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Comments

  1. avatar Barbara Griffith says:

    Another thing that needs to be looked at is the study on Gatestone Institute called History of the Muslim Brotherhood Penetration of the U.S. Government.
    Can be found at http:www.gatestoneinstitute.org/3672/muslim-brotherhood-us-government
    Its 22 pages and is well worth reading. Versions of the Brotherhood is in every state along with the Mosques they support.

  2. avatar Barbara Griffith says:

    Most of these politicians need to be booted out the door. But they always manage to keep their jobs. I have never seen people fall for what Sanders is trying to push the man is a communist peddling free stuff with no idea how to ever pay for it. If this man or Hillary ever gets in the White House along with most of the others what Obama started would be continued until the country would be completely bankrupt and loaded down with terrorists. A carbon copy of the EU.

  3. avatar V Johnson says:

    How many of you will contact your state representatives & senator(s) & urge them to sponsor similar legislation, in YOUR state? Why have so many local governments ignored the law & directed their enforcement people to stand down? We, the public, need to see the lists of Americans killed, assaulted, robbed or injured by illegals who “weren’t deported” when directed to do so by the Federal agency. That IS their jurisdiction and not one that states control! The states need to answer to the victims/families, and to YOU! Get on it!

  4. avatar No Change says:

    well that is the South……

  5. avatar Tom says:

    If anyone doubts how far from common sense we’ve drifted, let us remind ourselves that this provision celebrates the idea of municipalities and states cooperating with federal law enforcement. Isn’t that how things are supposed to work?

  6. avatar john lilly says:

    we NEED BOTH OF THESE BILLS PASSED WE NEED OUR POLICE TO ENFORCE OUR LAWS WE HAVE NOW OR QUIT . WE NEED JOBS THAT THE ILLEGALS ARE TAKING FROM US .IF THEY ARE HERE ILLEGAL THEY NEED DEPORTED GET THE JOB DONE OR GET VOTED OUT NEXT TIME WE VOTE