Saturday, May 22, 2010

Horror: Suburb of D.C. has Arizona-like immigration law

PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, VA (KOLD) - For the last three years, a county in Virginia has remained under the radar in the immigration debate even though it has a law almost identical to Arizona's immigration law.

The ordinance in Prince William County was passed in 2007. It initially required police to check the status of detainees they suspected of being undocumented immigrants but one year later it was revised.

Officers now question all criminal suspects about their immigration status once an arrest is made.

In 2008, the University of Virginia conducted a survey to see what effects, if any, the Prince William County law had. It concluded initial fears about racial profiling did not happen.

It also show that schools saw a drop in English as a second language enrollment. There was also a drop in uninsured mothers giving birth and individuals turned over to immigration and customs enforcement.

Memo to Washington press corps: here is the home page of ICE, along with names and pics of top officials. Director John Morton says ICE may not process detainees referred to it by the rambunctious state of Arizona. Prince William County, in Virginia, has a three-year-old immigration law similar to Arizona's.

Your task, if you choose to accept it, is to find out whether Morton, or other top ICE officials, live in Prince William County.

If you find any that do, run with it.

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