August 26, 2007
A northern Virginia delegate is proposing legislation aimed at illegal immigrants.
Prince William County Republican Jeffrey Frederick says his bill would cut state funding to local governments that do not check on the immigration status of residents who receive public assistance.
Those that don't comply would lose all their state funding, including transportation and economic development dollars.
In Frederick's words, "Illegal aliens should not have a sanctuary in the commonwealth of Virginia."
Frederick said the legislation would toughen a 2005 Virginia law that prohibits local governments from providing some social services to illegal immigrants.
He plans to call for every locality to prove its compliance with the law by adopting policies similar to those proposed in Prince William and Loudoun counties.