Vetoed: Virginia Governor Rejects Bill to Prohibit “Sanctuary City” Policies

RICHMOND, Va. (March 28, 2017) – Yesterday, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe vetoed a bill that would have prohibited so-called “sanctuary cities” that refuse to cooperate with enforcement of some federal immigration laws.

A coalition of 10 Republican delegates sponsored House Bill 2000 (HB2000). The legislation would have prohibited any local government from implementing sanctuary city policies.

“No locality shall adopt any ordinance, procedure, or policy that restricts the enforcement of federal immigration laws to less than the full extent permitted by federal law.”

After it passed the House 63-33 on Feb. 7, the Senate Local Government Committee voted 6-6 on the measure, apparently killing the bill. But one senator was absent for the vote. After approving a motion to reconsider, the committee passed HB2000 7-6 after amending it to remove the words “to less than the full extent permitted by federal law.” from the ...

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