The petition asking Governor Kaine does seem to be getting the attention of state-level officials, although Kaine’s response so far is that he will refuse to enroll the Commonwealth in the Section 287(g) Program. Meanwhile, Missouri just announced that it will enter into the program:
“We cannot be complacent about illegal immigration, and we cannot wait for Washington to stop unlawful immigration,” Blunt said. “We must be proactive to protect Missourians from harm and help prevent what happened in New Jersey from happening in Missouri. We will make every effort, implement every tool, and take every step to ensure the laws against illegal immigration are enforced.”
In contrast, Governor Kaine is telling the Washington Times that no way, Virginia is not going to ensure that every means possible to remove criminal illegal aliens will be employed:
Virginia Gov. Timothy M. Kaine does not want to create a statewide partnership with federal immigration officials that would allow state agencies to identify illegal aliens and begin deportation procedures, despite calls from the state’s attorney general and anti-illegal-immigration groups.
“The governor does not object to localities choosing to enter into localized agreements with [U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement],” said Kevin Hall, Mr. Kaine’s spokesman. “He has concerns, however, about asking state troopers to assume primary enforcement of federal immigration responsibilities.”
OK, Governor, how about you explain to your constituents why it’s preferable to continue to add illegal aliens to the Virginia Sex Offender Registry rather than deport these persons who pose such demonstrable risks to our families that they are required to tell the State Police where they are at all times? If they’re that dangerous, why are they being allowed to remain in Virginia when their presence in the United States is unlawful to begin with?
This stunning disregard for the safety of Virginia families is an outrage.
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