08/04/2010

Va. governor wants troopers deputized to check immigration status

He has spent months trying to reach an agreement with the federal government to train state troopers to act as immigration and customs agents

By Anita Kumar, Carol Morello and Rosalind S. Helderman
Washington Post

RICHMOND -- Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell said Tuesday that he has spent months trying to reach an agreement with the federal government to train and deputize state troopers to act as immigration and customs agents to make legal-status checks and refer individuals for deportation.

McDonnell, a former state attorney general who has helped several localities enter into similar agreements, said he expects to make an announcement soon.

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