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McDonnell seeks deal on immigration

August 4, 2010 | Virginia News

News Image Gov. Bob McDonnell is pursuing an agreement with the federal government to give some Virginia troopers the authority to perform the functions of federal immigration officers.

The so-called 287g agreements, named for a section of the Immigration and Nationality Act, allow trained state or local officers to perform immigration law-enforcement functions under the supervision of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers.

Seven Virginia localities have such partnerships with ICE. Prince William County has three such agreements, for its police, sheriff's office and jail.

If McDonnell secures an agreement, it would involve only Virginia State Police.

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