August 31, 2010
Gov. Bob McDonnell is moving ahead with a proposal that would allow Virginia State Police troopers to enforce immigration laws.
On Monday, McDonnell rejected a request by the Virginia Alliance for Sensible Community Policing Efforts that his administration not pursue civil immigration law-enforcement powers.
Earlier this month, McDonnell asked the federal Department of Homeland Security for an agreement that would allow troopers to perform some of the functions now performed by federal immigration officers.
McDonnell spokeswoman Stacey Johnson says the proposal is a commonsense way for the state to partner with the federal government to improve public safety.
However, the alliance says the proposal would only undermine immigrants' trust in law enforcement officers.