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Immigrant detention center in Va. would be mid-Atlantic's largest
Washington Post ^ | July 17, 2010 | Kevin Seiff

Posted on 07/19/2010 6:27:45 AM PDT by La Lydia

The largest immigrant detention center in the mid-Atlantic will soon open in Prince Edward County, an effort to accommodate Virginia's unprecedented surge in detentions of illegal immigrants picked up on criminal charges. The $21 million, privately run center will house up to 584 immigrant detainees when it opens its doors. Over the next year, it might grow to hold 1,000 prisoners, most of them snagged by the federal government's growing Secure Communities program, which aims to find and deport criminal illegal immigrants.

Last month, Virginia became the second state, after Delaware, to implement the program statewide, requiring jails and prisons to screen prisoners by immigration status and check their fingerprints against the country's immigration database. With three months left in the fiscal year, the number of illegal immigrants with criminal convictions detained in Virginia and the District has increased by 50 percent from last year's total, to 2,414. Those numbers are expected to increase....

The new facility is also meant to relieve a tension between enforcement and detention that began in 2007, when Prince William County gave local police the ability to enforce immigration laws...

"They say they're prioritizing dangerous criminals, but we continue to see people suspected of minor crimes who are caught in their net," said Gonzalez, the CASA of Maryland lawyer. "It doesn't matter if they're convicted or not."

In Farmville, Pamela R. DeCamp, managing attorney for the Virginia Legal Aid Society, is waiting for a deluge of new clients. The federal government, which provides funding to Legal Aid, won't let DeCamp represent illegal immigrants.

"But these people have families, and many of them have husbands, wives or children who are U.S. citizens," she said. "If they move to Farmville to be close to their loved one, there's a good chance they'll need our help."

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Politics/Elections; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: aliens; crime; enforcement; illegals
Note we get to provide them with free defense attorneys, too.
1 posted on 07/19/2010 6:27:49 AM PDT by La Lydia
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To: La Lydia

The $21 million, privately run center will house up to 584 immigrant detainees when it opens its doors.

Gee, 584 huh?

Where I live you could round up 584 in one afternoon.

What’s Obama smokin’ now ... ???

Oh, I forgot, he doesn’t like rounding up illegals er undocumented (yet) “immigrants”.

Liar and coward.

Go eat some more ice cream (something psychologically weird about that, gee, wonder what it could be ....)


2 posted on 07/19/2010 6:32:32 AM PDT by DontTreadOnMe2009 (So stop treading on me already!)
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To: La Lydia
This is just not right, when is the Holder Justice Department going to sue the state to stop such unconstitutional behavior? They might as well be Arizona. Being silly, sarcastic.
3 posted on 07/19/2010 6:32:51 AM PDT by pennboricua
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To: DontTreadOnMe2009

You mean these people???????????

Phoenix, Arizona features an astounding annual car theft rate of 57,000 vehicles and has become the new “Car Theft Capital of the World”.

U.S. law enforcement authorities claim that there are now over 1 million members of criminal gangs inside the country. These 1 million gang members are responsible for up to 80% of the crimes committed in the United States each year.

Here they are !!! Take a look !!!

More information on the wonderful illegals now inside our country thanks to the Demoncrats ...

Take a look at this FBI Wanted for Murder List to see how wonderful diversity is !!!

http://www.fbi.gov/wanted/fugitives/vc/murders/vc_murders.htm

About 90% Hispanic, for those who don’t wish to count (or see all their ugly mugs)

62% of Hispanic Voters in Colorado said they are in favor of AZ type of immigration law.

http://www.denverpost.com/commented/ci_15340750?source=commented-


4 posted on 07/19/2010 6:34:27 AM PDT by DontTreadOnMe2009 (So stop treading on me already!)
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To: La Lydia

We’re going to need a bigger boat.


5 posted on 07/19/2010 6:38:17 AM PDT by equalitybeforethelaw
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To: La Lydia
...criminal illegal immigrants...

So, being illegal is not being criminal? Is being unlawful not being criminal? What's next?

6 posted on 07/19/2010 7:02:04 AM PDT by CPOSharky (They ain't "illegals." They are just unregistered democrats.)
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To: CPOSharky

It is the Washington Post. What did you expect?


7 posted on 07/19/2010 7:07:18 AM PDT by La Lydia
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To: equalitybeforethelaw

I am so proud that my state is leading the way. Corey Stuart in Prince William County has single-handedly pointed the way for communities all over the country to get a grip on this blight. Governor McDonnell gets kudos too. The current federal government is not and will not be happy with these successes, just as Sheriff Joe isn’t the saint of their devotion, either.


8 posted on 07/19/2010 8:09:21 AM PDT by La Lydia
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To: La Lydia

Manassas Tea Party meeting scheduled for Tuesday, July 20 from 7:30 - 8:30 pm in the City of Manassas Council Chambers.


9 posted on 07/19/2010 8:35:24 AM PDT by satan
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