Sanctuary policies; prohibited. (HB2000)

Introduced By

Del. Charles Poindexter (R-Glade Hill) with support from co-patron Del. Chris Peace (R-Mechanicsville)

Progress

Introduced
Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law

Description

Sanctuary policies prohibited. Provides that 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. The bill requires each locality to adopt a policy requiring any public contractor with which the locality does business to use the E-Verify program. Read the Bill »

Status

02/20/2017: passed committee

History

  • 01/10/2017 Committee
  • 01/10/2017 Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17102598D
  • 01/10/2017 Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
  • 01/25/2017 Impact statement from DHCD (HB2000)
  • 01/30/2017 Impact statement from DHCD/CLG (HB2000)
  • 02/01/2017 Assigned Courts sub: Criminal Law
  • 02/01/2017 Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (8-Y 3-N)
  • 02/03/2017 Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (6-Y 3-N)
  • 02/03/2017 Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (14-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
  • 02/03/2017 Committee substitute printed 17105157D-H1
  • 02/04/2017 Read first time
  • 02/06/2017 Read second time
  • 02/06/2017 Committee substitute agreed to 17105157D-H1
  • 02/06/2017 Pending question ordered
  • 02/06/2017 Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB2000H1
  • 02/07/2017 Read third time and passed House (63-Y 33-N)
  • 02/07/2017 VOTE: PASSAGE (63-Y 33-N) (see vote tally)
  • 02/08/2017 Constitutional reading dispensed
  • 02/08/2017 Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
  • 02/13/2017 Rereferred from Courts of Justice (12-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
  • 02/13/2017 Rereferred to Local Government
  • 02/14/2017 Failed to report (defeated) in Local Government (6-Y 6-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
  • 02/20/2017 Reconsidered by Local Government (13-Y 0-N)
  • 02/20/2017 Reported from Local Government with amendment (7-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)

Comments

VACOLAO, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

VACOLAO opposes legislation that puts the burden of federal enforcement agencies on local jurisdictions.

ACLU-VA Immigrants Rights, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

ACLU-VA strongly opposes this bill. Virginia already has some of the strictest laws pertaining to enforcement of federal immigration laws, including status checks for everyone arrested and presumption against bail if there is a detainer placed on an immigrant accused of violent crimes. These type of bills could have an unintended reverse effect of making our communities less safe by forcing local police to void "don't ask" policies relating to crime victims and witnesses in the immigrant community. Virginia should welcome newcomers and promote cooperation between immigrants and local police - not create fear of detention and removal for coming forward to report crimes.

ACLU-VA Legislative Agenda, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

ACLU-VA strongly opposes this bill. Virginia already has some of the strictest laws pertaining to enforcement of federal immigration laws, including status checks for everyone arrested and presumption against bail if there is a detainer placed on an immigrant accused of violent crimes. These type of bills could have an unintended reverse effect of making our communities less safe by forcing local police to void "don't ask" policies relating to crime victims and witnesses in the immigrant community. Virginia should welcome newcomers and promote cooperation between immigrants and local police - not create fear of detention and removal for coming forward to report crimes.

Wayne Moyer writes:

This bill would impose additional strictures on local governments. We already have strong lows to address this issue.

Phil Storey writes:

This bill cedes vital state and local sovereignty to federal agencies. It invites the federal government to commandeer local resources in pursuit of federal priorities, regardless of the effects on local communities. How in the world is that a good thing? I can only think that it is motivated by xenophobia. Please defeat this bill!

Kendra Smith writes:

I oppose House Bill 2000 and Senate Bill 1262. These bills would not make our communities safer. In fact, forcing police to enforce federal immigration law will make immigrants less likely to support crimes. This bill, like so many GOP actions, is motivated by xenophobia.

Catherine Carey writes:

If you oppose HB 2000, please consider signing our petition opposing this bill. You can access the petition by copying the following and pasting it into your browser:

http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/opposition-to-hb-2000

Kevin Holland writes:

It looks the committee chair is trying to resurrect this bill in committee and redo the vote.
http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?171+doc+S0710220

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