National immigration policy was to be a central issue of the Obama administration but has been put off as other issues took precedence.  In recent years both the House and Senate passed their own versions of laws to control illegal immigration, protect national borders and deal with the millions of illegal immigrants already living in the United States.  Neither proposal became law, however, because differences between the bills could not be worked out with the other chamber.  In 2010 the state of Arizona ignited a political firestorm when its governor signed legislation making it a state crime for immigrants not to carry their documents with them, in effect allowing local police to act as immigration agents.  Critics decried the potential for racial profiling and a usurpation of federal law while advocates said the law was narrowly crafted and a legitimate response to federal inaction.  A federal judge has since blocked enforcement of the law, which is now awaiting a decision from the U.S. Supreme Court.  While the Obama administration has deported a record number of illegal immigrants, it is now reported the flow of Mexican nationals into the U.S. has now reversed due mostly to a lack of jobs north of the border.


Related Legislation

SB 460 Immigration query at arrest

Immigration query at arrest or during detention.  Provides that when a law-enforcement officer lawfully detains a person… more »

HR 10 Federal immigration training and enforcement authority

Supporting the Governor's § 287(g) request.  Urges the President of the United States and the Secretary of Homeland… more »

HB 1060 Arresting officer to ascertain citizenship of arrestee

Arresting officer to ascertain citizenship of arrestee.  Supplements the existing law that requires sheriffs to make… more »

HB 1048 Miranda rights to be read in arrestee's native language

Miranda rights to be read in arrestee's native language.  Provides that when a person accused of a criminal offense… more »

HB 1001 Enforcement of immigration laws

Enforcement of immigration laws; agreement with United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Provides that the Superintendent… more »

SB 515 Alcoholic beverage control; qualification for managers of licensed retail

Alcoholic beverage control; managers of licensed retail establishments.  Requires managers of licensed retail establishments… more »
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Virginia (change)

Virginia was founded in 1607 in Jamestown. Since then, Virginia has grown and prospered into a thriving state rich with diversity from culture to climate.
Offices & Officials

Governor: Robert F. McDonnell
Lieutenant Governor: Bill Bolling
Attorney General: Ken Cuccinelli
Secretary of State: Janet Polarek