Monday, August 2, 2010

Virginia AG says state's cops can do what Arizona's can't...yet

You remember when I told the hermanos and hermanas to please register to vote and turn out and vote AGAINST Ken Cuccinelli for Attorney General? Maybe you thought I was exaggerating and you sure didn't turn out in the numbers required to make sure the man didn't get into office. Cuccinelli got in and now the chickens are coming home to roost.

On Friday July 30, Cuccinelli issued a legal opinion at the request of Delegate Bob Marshall that: "it is my opinion that Virginia law enforcement officers, including conservation officers, may, like Arizona police officers, inquire into the immigration status of persons stopped or arrested."

For those who think, so what's the big deal?: It means that if you are stopped by a cop for a broken taillight or by a conservation officer because you were fishing in an area where you weren't supposed to be because you didn't know it was a no fishing zone, you can be asked about your immigration status and, if found to be undocumented, detained and deported. It also gives rise to the probability that anyone who has an accent or looks foreign will be singled out for special treatment.

The man is supposedly a Jesuit-educated Catholic, according to the article in Sunday's Washington Post magazine, but I would say that this is one of the cases where the Jesuit moral teachings failed to sink in.

Now the question is: Will Virginia's Catholic bishops, Mons. DiLorenzo of Richmond and Mons. Loverde of Arlington, have the integrity and intestinal fortitude to strongly denounce this opinion which contains the same language rejected by Judge Susan Bolton, the Arizona bishops, and Cardinal Mahony in Arizona SB 1070 or are Virginia's Catholic political and ecclesial power elites too intertwined for the gospel to shine through?

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  1. We had these laws implemented in Prince William County since 2007 more or less, and so far I have not been aware of any gross human rights violations of denunciations because of racist behavior from the police, whom by the way, many of them are Hispanics themselves.
    One thing we noticed though was more abandoned homes (which could have been caused by the financial and mortgage crises of 2008) and many more people driving 25 mph or less instead of 40 mph in a 25 mph zone.
    Bye the way the county chief supervisor is a Catholic and a member of my KoC council…although I’ve never seen him helping in Bingo or doing sub sales... ;-)

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