Now that Georgia, Arizona, and Oklahoma have passed some of the country’s toughest laws against illegal immigration, Virginia maybe next:
Virginia Republicans announced legislation Wednesday that would prohibit public colleges and universities from accepting illegal immigrants even if they attended a public high school and were brought to the United States at an early age by their parents.On the immigration issue, even liberal-Democrat governors like Kaine, and Janet Napolitano of Arizona, now understand which side to take in order to assure their political survival. -- PoliPundit
GOP leaders, who control both houses of the legislature, suggested that some Virginia residents are being denied access to college because too many illegal immigrants are taking available slots.
“If a legal Virginia resident is applying to schools, should they be admitted? Or should that slot be set aside for someone who has arrived here illegally?” asked James K. “Jay” O’Brien Jr. (R-Fairfax), the sponsor of the proposal.
The Republican proposal would also require city and county jails to check a defendant’s immigration status and to have at least one person on duty who has been certified by the federal government to detain illegal immigrants until deportation proceedings. It would also routinely deny bail for illegal immigrants charged in a crime and suspend the business licenses of anyone convicted of hiring illegal immigrants.
Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D) said that he is eager to work with the Republicans to curtail illegal immigration but that he is waiting for the findings of a state commission studying the issue before he endorses a specific proposal. The commission is expected to complete its work in October.