Question by Maricopa County: What is your opinion N.Va. enforces immigration laws illegal aliens being arrested as Ariz. rages?
The national outcry over Arizona’s immigration law is nothing new for Prince William County residents — hundreds ofpeople on both sides of the illegal immigration debate poured into marathon public hearings in fall 2007 when the county was passing its crackdown.
Since then, the county has turned over more than 2,000 suspected illegal immigrants to the federal government, and crime last year reached a 15-year low.
Other Northern Virginia jurisdictions also have turned over hundreds of suspected illegal immigrants to Immigration and Customs Enforcement through their own programs.
But law enforcement officials remain wary about their new roles enforcing federal law, and immigration experts and immigrant advocates warn that such steps can have negative consequences, such as racial profiling and a loss of trust with local police
Implementing Prince William’s crackdown involved drafting a legally soundpolicy and training hundreds of officers, as well as conducting a significant community outreach program with more than 300 meetings, said Deputy Police Chief Barry Barnard.
“It was a new role for us,” he said. “Traditionally, local law enforcement doesn’t enforce immigration laws.”
The county partnered with the federal government under the 287(g) program, which allows local law enforcement officials to enforce certain immigration laws.
Prince William’s original proposal was so sweeping that it asked county officials if it would be possible to keep illegal immigrants off county roads and away from the county Web site.
County supervisors scaled back the measure, voting in October 2007 to direct police officers to check the residency status of crime suspects if they had probable cause to believe they were in the country illegally.
In 2008, the policy was changed to require officers to check the status of everyone arrested. Officers then had to be retrained, Barnard said.
Loudoun also participates in 287(g), as well as the federal Secure Communities program, which Sheriff Stephen O. Simspon said he prefers because it runs fingerprints of everyone arrested through biometric immigration records held by the Department of Homeland Security and FBI criminal records
Read more at the Washington Examiner: http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/local/No_-Va_-enforces-immigration-as-Arizona-rages-92335879.html#ixzz0mRGqIZZF
Answer by Nurse1
Enter this country legally and you won’t have a problem. Simple as it gets. Stop making excuses for criminals. And for the record, I do realize that not all illegal immigrants come from Mexico and other Spanish speaking countries.
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