Immigration laws; immunity to State agencies and employees, etc. for authorized enforcement. (HB51)

Introduced By

Del. Scott Lingamfelter (R-Woodbridge) with support from 11 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. Clay Athey (R-Front Royal), Del. Mark Cole (R-Fredericksburg), Del. Jeff Frederick (R-Woodbridge), Del. Todd Gilbert (R-Woodstock), Del. Terry Kilgore (R-Gate City), Del. Jimmie Massie (R-Richmond), Del. Don Merricks (R-Danville), Del. Jackson Miller (R-Manassas), Del. Harvey Morgan (R-Gloucester), Del. Beverly Sherwood (R-Winchester), Sen. John Cosgrove (R-Chesapeake)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Immunity for enforcement of immigration laws. Provides immunity to agencies and employees of the Commonwealth and political subdivisions for the authorized enforcement of immigration laws. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


12/05/2007Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/08 085923600
12/05/2007Referred to Committee on Rules
01/22/2008Impact statement from DPB (HB51)
02/05/2008Continued to 2009 in Rules

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: HB157.


CG2 Consulting, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

This bill says that if a local government officials violates your civil rights (even in bad faith) while seeking (with or without adequate training)to enforce federal immigration laws, the officials should be absolutely immune from suit.

frances roehm writes:

This is a Federal Law Enforcement issue. Why should Virginia Taxpayers subsidize and deputize our state and local government employees to do the job of federal agencies? If a Virginia law enforcement agency arrests someone for looking like a mexican they should be sued. That is discrimination.

Max L. Vickery writes:

ALL Va. Legislators MUST support this bill ! ! !

Gregg Reynolds writes:

Why not extend this proposed law to every aspect of our lives? Then nobody will have to be responsible for anything. I don't think this is a very good idea.