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A Local Touch on Immigration Enforcement

Cal Thomas | Syndicated Columnist | Thursday, July 12, 2007

A Local Touch on Immigration Enforcement

Prince William County, Virginia, a Washington suburb, has a huge immigrant population. Tuesday night, the Board of Supervisors passed a measure that is designed to make sure immigration laws are obeyed. The supervisors voted to require police officers to inquire about the immigration status of everyone they arrest if there is probable cause that a suspect has violated federal immigration laws.

Board chairman Corey Stewart, a Republican, commended his colleagues for “stepping up to the plate” and taking action on immigration enforcement when the federal government has failed to do so.

Supporters of the measure say they know immigration is primarily a federal responsibility, but that citizens need to believe that their local and state governments are doing all they can to enforce the law. Indeed! That failure of enforcement was one of the reasons the recent federal immigration reform effort failed.

While some counties are refusing to enforce federal law on immigration, I say congratulations to Prince William County, Virginia, for showing the way… the right way.

Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C.