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Immigration Reform A Hot Button Topic In Virginia

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By Jonathan Wilson

Prince William County Board of Supervisors Chair Corey Stewart led the charge to pass county laws making it possible for local police to check the immigration status of anyone they stop for any other offense.

Now he's pushing for state legislators to do the same thing across Virginia, with something he's calling the "Rule of Law Act." He says it's in line with what Arizona lawmakers passed earlier this year.

"It's very similar, and I would say identical in function, and substance," he says.

Stewart says he'd like to see the president call for a focus on enforcement on the border, and inside the United States. The one thing he doesn't want to hear from the President: any talk of amnesty.

"The president needs to drop the idea of amnesty in any shape or form," he says. "Amnesty is unfair, and the American people will never accept it."

John Steinbach is with the Prince WIlliam immigrant advocacy group Mexicans Without Borders. He says without some sort of amnesty for the 11 million illegals already in the country, immigration reform can't work.

"Something like 80 percent of the people that pick our crops, and clean our chickens are undocumented; people that build our houses and work in the nursing homes are undocumented," he says, "Does he want to round them all up?"

Steinbach says the president was elected on the strength of the immigrant vote and promise of immigration reform. Now it's time to deliver.

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