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H.B. 1468. An Act to amend and reenact 53.1-220.2 of the Code of Virginia, relating to compliance with detainers; U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

02/17/17 House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1468ER)
01/24/17 House: Printed as engrossed 17100565D-E
12/08/16 House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17100565D

Patron--Marshall, R.G.

Passed the House of Delegates January 25, 2017 (68-Y 31-N)

Senate amendments agreed to by House February 15, 2017 (65-Y 34-N)

GOVERNOR'S VETO

 

    Pursuant to Article V, Section 6, of the Constitution of Virginia, I veto House Bill 1468. This bill would prohibit the release of certain persons, held by state or local officials, who are suspected of violating U.S. immigration laws. House Bill 1468 is virtually identical to House Bill 481 (2016), which I vetoed last year. My concerns about this proposal have only increased since that time.
         
    First, this bill is unnecessary. The Commonwealth's law enforcement authorities currently work closely with their Federal counterparts regarding immigrants held in state and local correctional facilities. Imposing the requirements of House Bill 1468 on local sheriffs and jail administrators could inject confusion into this relationship, leading to less effective public safety efforts.
         
    Second, I am concerned about the message this bill conveys. This is just one of a series of anti-immigrant measures which have contributed to contention here in Virginia and nationwide. A year ago, in vetoing House Bill 1468's predecessor, I said, "Rather than stoking irrational fears of non-citizens present in the Commonwealth, the General Assembly should be focused on substantive policies to improve public safety in Virginia." This concern is even more valid today.
         
    Accordingly, I veto this bill.

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