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Cuccinelli: Va. police can ask about immigration status

August 2, 2010 | Virginia News

News Image Richmond, Va. – Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli has issued an opinion that Virginia law enforcement officers, including conservation officers, may inquire into the immigration status of people who are either stopped or arrested.

The opinion, sought by Del. Robert G. Marshall, R-Prince William, comes amid a new push by the chairman of the Prince William Board of County supervisors for an immigration crackdown in Virginia, on the heels of Arizona enacting some of the toughest immigration laws in the nation.

Prince William County in July 2007 passed a resolution that directed police to question the citizenship or immigration status of anyone who was lawfully detained. A year later it scaled that back and directed police officers to inquire about immigration status only at the point of arrest.

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