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Immigration Headlines

ACCE Webmaster on Friday, March 21, 2008 at 10:04:51 pm

Virginia

In Prince William County, VA a law took effect this month that directs officers to check the immigration status of anyone in custody who they have probable cause to believe is an illegal immigrant.  The Washington, D.C. suburb has drawn national attention since the county Board of Supervisors passed the law in July 2007.

The law has dealt a blow to the entire Hispanic community, forcing the closure or relocation of a number of popular soccer clubs.  Click HERE for the article from the Washington Post.

Over the next two years, an independent team of college professors and criminologists will analyze everything from police records to public sentiment to determine the consequences of the Prince William County immigration law.  Click HERE for the article from the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Georgia

This week the Georgia Legislature passed a bill making driving without a license a felony offense.  The law requires a prison sentence of two days to 12 months the first offense, and one to five years on the fourth offense.

While never mentioned during debate, the bill targets illegal immigrants who can not legally obtain a driver’s license.  Some opponents are concerned about the cost to local governments to incarcerate offenders.

Click HERE for the article from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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