Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Virginia AG Has the Right Idea

Hat tip: NOVA Townhall

McDonnell Calls for Immigration Enforcement Authority for State and
Local Police
-Legislation Carried By Delegate Tom Rust, Senator Jay O'Brien-
-Letter to Governor Kaine Attached to Release-
Attorney General Bob McDonnell today announced his support for legislation to clarify that Virginia localities can enforce federal immigration laws with the approval of The Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The Attorney General also urged Governor Kaine to reconsider his decision to not permit the state at this time to enter into an agreement with ICE to have Virginia State Police enforce those federal immigration laws in the course of enforcing certain state violent crime laws. McDonnell made the announcement at a morning press conference with Delegate Tom Rust (R-Herndon) and Senator Jay O'Brien (R-Clifton). Rust will carry the legislation in the House of Delegates as House Bill 2926; Senator O'Brien will carry the legislation in the Senate as SB 1045.

OK, so what's Governor Tim Kaine's mental block about this (besides the fact that he is a Democrat)? We are dealing with illegal aliens who have broken the law. We have seen in too many cities where the authorities flout the Federal government instead of helping out. No wonder there are crime problems, and no wonder a large percentage of them come from illegal aliens! I think a lot of problems in fighting crime and delivering social services come from poor coordination of information. At least we have an Attorney General in Virginia who understands our problems and how to fix them. Maybe Gov. Kaine should use his brain instead of his eyebrows.

Now look, I understand that the United States is a great country and many people want to live and work here. But earning citizenship means showing us that you want to be productive to society, not to commit crimes or consume social service benefits.

Remember, Sen. Jay O'Brien and Del. Tom Rust are both up for re-election this year, so let's support them.

Read the rest at NOVA Townhall.