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Based on last week’s poll that you voted in, the three GOP presidential candidates with the strongest illegal immigration policy’s are Herman Cain, Rick Perry and Ron Paul. Out of these three, which do you think has the best policy?

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Obama and illegal aliens: DHS sued for status reports on arrests

A drunken illegal immigrant with an extensive criminal history killed a Benedictine nun last summer in Virginia. News reports quickly surfaced that the Bolivian man, Carlos Montano, had been released by federal immigration authorities on his own recognizance after previous arrests.

In a seldom-seen act, a suburban Virginia county is going up against the powerful forces of the federal government by suing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for records involving thousands of illegal immigrants who were arrested locally and turned over for deportation.

Officials in Prince William County suspect that many of the criminal aliens, like the drunk driver who killed a nun last summer in their jurisdiction, were simply released under Obama’s backdoor amnesty plan. If so, there could be at least 3,000 criminal illegal immigrants roaming around the county, which is part of the Washington Metropolitan area and has a population of around 400,000, according to a non-profit group that investigates government corruption and waste.

A drunken illegal immigrant with an extensive criminal history killed a Benedictine nun last summer in Virginia. News reports quickly surfaced that the Bolivian man, Carlos Montano, had been released by federal immigration authorities on his own recognizance after previous arrests.

In a seldom-seen act, a suburban Virginia county is going up against the powerful forces of the federal government by suing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for records involving thousands of illegal immigrants who were arrested locally and turned over for deportation.

It's a widely held belief that law enforcement careers lead to higher divorce rates than other occupations. Officials in Prince William County suspect that many of the criminal aliens, like the drunk driver who killed a nun last summer in their jurisdiction, were simply released under Obama’s backdoor amnesty plan. If so, there could be at least 3,000 criminal illegal immigrants roaming around the county, which is part of the Washington Metropolitan area and has a population of around 400,000, according to a non-profit group that investigates government corruption and waste.
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Local officials demand to know what the feds did with the illegal immigrants after county authorities turned them over for removal. The feds refuse to divulge the information and have blown off two public-record requests from the Prince William Board of County Supervisors, according to Judicial Watch.

Board Chairman Corey Stewart told Judicial Watch that it’s frustrating that a local government must resort to suing the federal government to get information that should be public and is vital to local law enforcement efforts to make easier divorce online. He also expressed disappointment in the “lack of cooperation and transparency from DHS.”

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Prince William sues feds over fate of illegals

Prince William County filed a second lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security Thursday demanding to know what happened to 4,000 illegal immigrants the county arrested and turned over to DHS for deportation.

“This is the big one,” County Board Chairman Corey Stewart, R-at large, said. “I think the public has a right to know when the federal government is releasing criminal illegal aliens who have committed crimes and are a danger to public safety.”

The lawsuit is the latest effort by the county to determine whether DHS is deporting the illegal immigrants or releasing them back into the community.

The county board last year filed a Freedom of Information Act request to obtain information about Carlos Martinelly Montano, who was previously arrested for drunken driving, turned over to DHS and then released — only to kill a nun in a car accident while he was driving drunk.

When DHS failed to provide what the county thought was an adequate response, the county filed suit against the department.

Now, in the second lawsuit, the county is again accusing DHS of refusing to provide information about what happened to the 4,000 illegal immigrants the county turned over to the department.

“Homeland Security … violates the law, evades accountability, undermines the public trust, thus disarming the ability to maintain an informed citizenry,” the lawsuit reads.

DHS told the county it couldn’t provide the information because that would violate the immigrants’ privacy rights. The county’s lawsuit argues that the privacy law cited by DHS only applies to citizens and lawful residents, not illegal immigrants.

Stewart said it’s not just federal agencies that have frustrated the county board.

“I’ve also been very frustrated with my own party. Republicans on the Hill have been dismissive of my concerns,” he said. “I’ve really got frustration with everybody in Washington frankly. It’s really unfortunate that a local government has to sue to get the federal government to give them information.”

DHS did not respond to requests for comment.

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Feds creating partnership to protect Port of Va.

Federal, state and local officials are joining to better protect the Port of Virginia.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the U.S. Coast Guard and the Virginia Port Authority are announcing a new partnership with state and local officials on Wednesday to enhance security at the port.

The Norfolk Border Enforcement Security Task Force will be the 22nd such partnership in the U.S. and Mexico.

The teams are designed to increase information sharing and collaboration among agencies tasked with protecting borders and ports.

In addition to the nation’s borders, BEST programs have been set up along the Gulf Coast and in numerous locations along the East Coast.

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Why Is Cost of Illegal Immigration Ignored In Debt Ceiling Debate?

While the debt ceiling debate rages and Congress is busy haggling over who should be taxed and what programs should be slashed, they’ve promised to consider all options except…one.

Lawmakers have chosen to forget that immigration is a discretionary social policy that by definition is designed to be adjusted to serve the nation’s broad national interest, particularly during difficult economic times. This discretionary policy is a powerful economic tool, but only if it is brought out and used.

No comprehensive financial fix can be complete without Congress demanding increased enforcement against illegal immigration and reducing legal immigration to sustainable levels.

Reforming immigration would tighten the labor market, open up jobs for legal U.S. residents, and reduce the overall fiscal strain that immigration imposes on health care, education and other social services.

Doing so is an urgent mandate and a legitimate, justified use of policy.

If not now, then when?

Here are four ways that Congress could get to work… now!

Virginia Agencies To Check For Undocumented Workers

Diane Hodges | July 6, 2011

A Virginia government review board says state agencies and their contractors are not doing enough to make sure that the workers they hire are legal, and they’re advocating for wider use of the electronic E-Verify system.

It’s estimated that some 160,000 unauthorized workers live in Virginia. The state’s Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission says that most state agencies are doing little to make sure that these employees are not working for state contractors.

“There’s really no feedback loop back to the state beyond the additional contract,” says Justin Brown, a staffer for the commission.

Delegate David Albo (R), who serves on the audit commission, wants to require contractors to begin using the computerized database called E-Verify, rather than simply relying on documents to determine their workers’ status.

“You may recall … two massive busts of document mills recently,” Albo says. “The only way to know whether someone’s complying with federal immigration law in Virginia is if they use E-Verify.”

Virginia agencies are required to begin using E-Verify next year; large state contractors must begin using it in 2013, according to the commission.

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Corey Stewart Applauds Illegal Immigration Ruling

On the heels of the yesterday’s Supreme Court verdict upholding Arizona’s law which punishes businesses who hire illegal aliens, Prince William County Chairman Corey Stewart had the following comment: “This ruling will set the precedent for the Supreme Court to overturn the 9th Circuit ruling that struck down Arizona’s policy, which is nearly identical to Prince William County’s”

Prince William County adopted an immigration policy in 2007, which was upheld in Federal Court, that has led to more then 3,700 criminal illegal aliens being turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The policy requires police to check the immigration status of anyone arrested and is substantially similar to the legislation later adopted in Arizona.

Stewart went on to say, “I am confident we will see the Prince William model become enacted not only across Virginia but also nationwide. We cannot continue to catch and release dangerous criminal illegal aliens who are a threat to the community. They must be held in custody and ultimately deported.”

Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the opinion for the majority and said “Arizona has taken the route least likely to cause tension with federal law, it relies solely on the federal government’s own determination of who is an unauthorized alien, and it requires Arizona employers to use the federal government’s own system for checking employee status.”

Stewart is in agreement with this opinion and said, “I hope the court continues to take this sound legal approach when the Rule of Law comes before them. Clearly the Obama administration and even Republicans in Congress don’t view illegal immigration as a serious threat. This ruling gives states and localities the ability to be proactive in combating illegal immigration.”

Supreme Court backs latest Arizona Immigration Law

PRINCE WILLIAM, VA – On the heels of the yesterday’s Supreme Court verdict upholding Arizona’s law which punishes businesses who hire illegal aliens, Prince William County Chairman Corey Stewart had the following comment: “This ruling will set the precedent for the Supreme Court to overturn the 9th Circuit ruling that struck down Arizona’s policy, which is nearly identical to Prince William County’s.”

Prince William County adopted an immigration policy in 2007, which was upheld in Federal Court, that has led to more then 3700 criminal illegal aliens being turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The policy requires police to check the immigration status of anyone arrested and is substantially similar to the legislation later adopted in Arizona.

Stewart went on to say, “I am confident we will see the Prince William model become enacted not only across Virginia but also nationwide. We can not continue to catch and release dangerous criminal illegal aliens who are a threat to the community. They must be held in custody and ultimately deported.”

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