House Speaker William Howell, Senate Majority Leader Walter Stosch, Senator Jay O’Brien and Delegate David Albo announced a tremendous legislative package for the General Assembly to combat the presence of illegal aliens in the Commonwealth. If this agenda passes, which it almost certainly will, and the Governor signs these bills, Virginia will be among the states that have the toughest policies to combat illegal immigration. This is great news, although waiting for the next session of the General Assembly for this action is going to be awfully hard.
Here are the proposals announced so far:
Prince William County Policy Goes Statewide:
Mandating that all local Sheriffs, upon a lawful arrest for a crime, confirm that person’s legal presence in the United States using the nationwide databases of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). This change will streamline and strengthen statewide immigration enforcement.
Statewide Section 287(g) Program Enrollment
Ensuring that at least one person on duty in every jail at all times has been certified under federal 287(g) authority (named for the section of federal law that allows more effective cooperation between federal immigration officials and state and local governments). This change means that, upon a positive identification of an illegal alien, there will be a person with federal authority readily available to detain and begin deportation proceedings, after that individual has served his or her sentence.
No Bail For Illegal Aliens
Creating a presumption of no bail for any person who has been charged with an offense punishable by jail or prison time and who has been determined (through ICE databases) to be illegally present in the United States. This change will help stop controversial “catch and release” activities, one of the primary ways illegal aliens currently pass through existing government systems unchecked.
Suspend Business Licenses For Those Who Hire Illegal Aliens
Making a federal conviction for hiring illegal aliens grounds for suspension of a business license issued by the Commonwealth of Virginia. This change will serve as an effective deterrent to the unlawful hiring of illegal aliens.
No In-State Tuition Rates For Illegal Aliens
Prohibiting illegal aliens from attending Virginia public institutions of higher education unless they have a valid student visa. Recognizing that college entrance slots are fixed and limited, this change will preserve state benefits for in-state students and their families.
This is tremendous, and a very strong set of proposals that will definitely roll up the “welcome mat” for illegal aliens everywhere in the Commonwealth. I expect a lot of howling and complaining to shortly start emanating out of the illegal alien lobby and the elected officials who carry their water. First out of the gate here might be, let’s see, Brian Moran?
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