Should Virginia State Police be able to "perform federal immigration law-enforcement functions" in the Commonwealth?
Northern Virginia Del. Dave Albo's (R-42) House Bill 1001, which has passed in the House, would enter the state into an agreement with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Following an arrest, state police officers would be able to check a suspect's immigration status.
Virginia isn't the only state to consider such a measure. A federal appeals court in Georgia tomorrow is hearing arguments related to immigration-checking laws in Georgia and Alabama. Central questions in those cases relate to whether a state is allowed to make such laws, or if those immigration is an area reserved for federal enforcement.