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Feds To Virginia: No, Your Troopers Can't Participate In 287(G) Immigration Enforcement Program PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 27 June 2012 11:41

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia has lost its bid to have state troopers enforce federal immigration law.

Gov. Bob McDonnell submitted a request for a 287(g) agreement to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano in August 2010. These agreements permit participating state and local police to question and detain illegal immigrants suspected in crimes.
McDonnell told The Virginian-Pilot on Tuesday that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement notified him in February that the request was denied. The agency's denial letter said it would focus on other programs and would no longer consider 287(g) agreements with states and localities.
The governor says he's disappointed with President Barack Obama's administration.
Nine local law-enforcement agencies in Virginia already operate under 287(g) agreements.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 June 2012 11:42
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