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Virginia ACLU Reacts To Immigration Ruling

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By Garrett Browne

The Virginia chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union has written Virginia's police chiefs, asking them not to rush out and check people's immigration status, despite a formal opinion by Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli that says they can.

The legal director of the Virginia ACLU, Rebecca Glenberg, says the organization is worried that increased immigration enforcement would lead to racial profiling and discrimination based on ethnicity and national origin. And she says that the legal problem with the ruling is that Cuccinelli just didn't properly think it through.

"Cuccinelli is advising police that they can conduct inquiries into peoples' immigration status when those very sorts of inquiries had just been enjoined by a Federal judge in Arizona," she says.

Glenberg says the ACLU doesn't plan to challenge the ruling directly. But on a case-by-case basis she says it will assist people who feel they have been discriminated against.

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