At the Blogs United conference in Hampton Roads this morning, Attorney General Bob McDonnell referred to his so far unsuccessful efforts to convince Governor Kaine to use his executive authority to enroll the Commonwealth in the Section 287(g) Program which would ensure that illegal aliens who commit felonies are deported at the end of their detention rather than being released back onto our streets. After lunch, Delegate Brian Moran, chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, talked a bit about the Governors leadership on a number of issues so I took the opportunity to ask him about this.
Predictably, Brian Moran waffled and ducked. I asked whether the Democratic Party was in favor or against having the Governor use his authority to have the State Police participate in this program, or whether the party opposes this program. Immediately Brian Moran, who has been speaking about the positions of the Democratic party, suddenly denied he could speak for the Democratic Party and refused to say whether he would call on the Governor to agree to Bob McDonnell’s requests. To the extent he had a substantive response at all, he said that two legislative committees are “studying the issue of illegal immigration.” I suppose someday they’ll figure out it’s a problem.
Oh, do I smell an opportunity here. After stonewalling the idea of implementing the Section 287(g) program at the state level, we now have an opportunity to put Democrats on the spot about whether they support the governor using his authority to enroll the Commonwealth in this program, or explain why they don’t. There doesn’t have to be a special session, there doesn’t have to be a vote, the General Assembly doesn’t have to do a thing. Tomorrow, Governor Kaine could enroll Virginia in this program. He hasn’t, and it seems like he won’t.
Let’s start asking Democrats about this. At least it’s fun to see their reaction.
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