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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
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
Reported from Committee for Courts of Justice
February 8, 2017
Passed Senate with amendments
February 13, 2017
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
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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