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Va. police can ask about immigration status

'Virginia law enforcement officers have the authority to make the same inquiries as those contemplated by the new Arizona law,' said Virginia's Attorney General

By Rosalind S. Helderman
Washington Post

RICHMOND, Va. — Law enforcement officials in Virginia can inquire into immigration status of those they stop or arrest — just as they can under a controversial new immigration law in Arizona — Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli has ruled in an official legal opinion.

Written in response to a request for legal advice from Del. Bob Marshall (R-Prince William), Cuccinelli ruled that police officers and other legal authorities can look into the immigration status of anyone stopped or arrested.

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