Crime victims; immigration status. (HB953)

Introduced By

Del. Alfonso Lopez (D-Arlington) with support from co-patrons Del. Elizabeth Guzman (D-Dale City), and Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Crime victims; immigration status. Provides that no law-enforcement officer or other agent of state or local government shall, when investigating a crime, inquire into the immigration status of any person who reports that he is the victim of the crime or the parent or guardian of a minor victim, or is a cooperating witness in the criminal investigation or the parent or guardian of a minor witness. The bill does not prohibit a law-enforcement officer from inquiring into the immigration status of a victim or witness who has been arrested or charged with a criminal violation or when such inquiry is required by federal law or is essential to the investigation or prosecution of the crime to which the person is a witness or of which the person is a victim. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/09/2018Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/18 18101563D
01/09/2018Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/16/2018Assigned Courts sub: Subcommittee #1
02/07/2018Subcommittee recommends passing by indefinitely (5-Y 2-N)
02/15/2018Left in Courts of Justice


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

The ACLU of Virginia strongly supports this legislation that would make all of our communities safer by encouraging immigrant victims of and witnesses to crime to cooperate with police and prosecutors.