Virginia moves to become “next Arizona” in immigration debate
The Virginia Rule of law act is gaining notoriety and recognition in more than just certain political circles in the commonwealth as noted by the mere fact that various members of the House of Delegates have now pledged to introduce the bill during next year’s session of the General Assembly.
This promising fact comes on the heels of ongoing legal attacks from the Obama administration on Arizona for their recent attempt to protect their citizenry from the effects of illegal immigration and those who profit by perpetuating the state of rampant lawlessness that it inevitably creates.
In typical left-wing fashion, supporters of the proposed legislation were immediately finding themselves victims of hateful rhetoric (racist, bigot, etc.). Of course, we’ve all come to realize that this is the only viable argument that liberals seem to be capable of in the ongoing immigration debate and consequently provides adequate evidence that liberals do not, in fact, have a convincing argument on the topic.
What’s worth noting about the Virginia legislation is that unlike Arizona, this law will effectively avoid all of the legal pitfalls and potential appellate-level arguments that the left has largely began abandoning, such as the thin ‘supremacy clause’ arguments they previously thought were so utterly compelling.
What’s more, the proposal has gained the approval of Virginia attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, who recently issued a legal opinion that authorizes Virginia police officers to check the immigration status of anyone stopped by police for any reason. Previously, such rights were only accorded to officers after an arrest. “My opinion basically said that Virginia law enforcement has the authority to make such inquiries so long as they don’t extend the duration of a stop by any significant degree,” said Cuccinelli, “That’s consistent with Supreme Court authority.”
At the forefront of this recent debate is a formerly lesser-known county supervisor, Corey Stewart, who is leading the charge against illegal immigration in the commonwealth by championing the proposal.
“As long as the federal government shows no interest in securing the border and no interest in internal enforcement to promote self-deportation, then states and localities will have to pick up the slack,” Mr. Stewart said at a press conference.
If Virginia passes this legislation, it will surely be the toughest, most comprehensive, and potentially most effective of all immigration statutes of all states thus far.