Citizenship of arrestee; if accused is not committed to jail, arresting officer to ascertain. (HB320)

Introduced By

Del. Riley Ingram (R-Hopewell)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Arresting officer to ascertain citizenship of arrestee. Supplements the existing law that requires sheriffs to make a query into legal presence when a person is "taken into custody" at a jail. This bill expands such inquiries by requiring inquiries of everyone arrested, and requires that an arresting officer inquire of every arrestee whether he (i) was born in a country other than the United States and (ii) is a citizen of a country other than the United States. Read the Bill »


02/10/2012: Merged into HB958


01/10/2012Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/12 12103296D
01/10/2012Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/16/2012Assigned Courts sub: #3 Immigration
01/20/2012Impact statement from DHCD (HB0320)
01/31/2012Impact statement from DPB (HB320)
01/31/2012Assigned Courts sub: #1 Criminal
02/08/2012Subcommittee recommends incorporating (HB958-Bell, Robert B.)
02/10/2012Incorporated by Courts of Justice (HB958-Bell, Robert B.)


VACOLAO, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

VACOLAO opposes this bill which would require an immigration status check of everyone issued a summons for even the most minor offenses (like loitering). The legislation will take state and local police officers off the streets and impose an unfunded mandate on localities because of the need for more officers to make up for the time spent.