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Virginia wants an Arizona-style immigration law too, says poll

A new poll released Wednesday revealed that most Virginians would want their state to adopt an Arizona-style immigration law, granting authorities power to question the legal status of persons pulled over or arrested, if suspected to be in the country illegally.

Six-four percent of those polled said they were in support of the Arizona law, while 31 percent said they disapproved of it.  Sixty-two percent also said they would want a similar law passed in Virginia, while 34 percent said they would not be for it.

This is not the first time the predominantly Republican state has pushed for a crackdown on immigration.  Ever since Arizona passed its controversial Senate Bill 1070 in 2010, Virginia has too, been trying to get similar laws adopted. In 2010, Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli ruled that authorities be allowed to question a person’s immigration status during routine stops but on discretionary grounds.  In 2011, a package of bills was also proposed by the Virginia House of Delegates requiring colleges and universities adopt written policies barring undocumented immigrants from enrolling, for large state contractors to use E-Verify electronic background checks, and for schools to begin tallying the number of immigrant children enrolled at their institution, according to The Washington Post that year.

Most of these policies were targeted at Prince William County, known as the “ground zero” for the immigration controversy in Virginia.

While Virginia’s population stands over eight million according to the U. S. Census Bureau, the Pew Hispanic Center estimates there are more than 210,000 undocumented immigrants as of 2010 and growing.

“The state of Virginia’s economy has done better than the nation as a whole recently and it’s possible that the number of unauthorized immigrants in the state has increased,” said Mark Lopez from the Pew Research Center in Washington, DC. “It’s possible that it has grown; however, we don’t know by how much just yet.”

The survey further pressed voters on how this issue could potentially sway them come election time this November.

Forty percent of those polled said they opposed the Obama administration’s new policy allowing young undocumented immigrants who came to this country as children to be granted work permits; while 53 percent said they were in support of it.

Fifty-six percent also said the new policy made no difference in making them more likely to vote for President Barack Obama; 28 percent said it made them less likely to vote him and only 14 percent said it made them more likely to give him their vote.

The Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, based in Hamden, CT., surveyed 1,673 registered voters from July 10 through July 16 for this poll. The institute conducts public opinion surveys across the nation for research and public service.

Comments

  1. Delaware Bob says:

    I say go Virgina! Go for the law now.

    I’m not a republican, but I will be voting for one this election, and pray to God he will get our immigration laws enforced. I’m sick of obama pandering to these people who have NO RIGHT to be in this country. The illegal aliens who don’t have our jobs, are using this country as a welfare country with their anchor babies, (illegal alien children). Why should illegal aliens be entitled to a DREAM Act? They are in this country ILLEGALLY no matter how they got here. It’s time to get these illegal aliens back to their own country where they belong. They DO NOT belong here!

    Illegal immigration is a cancer, it has to be eradicated not tolerated.

    1. jdipaolo says:

      I’ve been voting Democratic for 20 years but I’m going Republican over this issue. My guess is citizens in most states, even Democratic dominated states, favor an Arizona type law. Unfortunately their “representatives” don’t share that view. Fortunately California has a referendum process. I’m hopeful we’ll see a similar law here.

      http://californiawatch.org/dailyreport/poll-voters-here-support-arizona-style-immigration-law-3557

  2. Fernando says:

    Republicans will re-elect President Obama…

  3. D. Porter says:

    Despite the fact that illegal immigration is a crime, vile globalist miscreants the likes of Comrade ObaMao will now attack Virginians as “racists,” just wait and see.

  4. jOSE says:

    WHY SHOULD STATES PAY OBAMA—THE FED ANY MIND ?? THEY ARE NOT ENFORCING THE IMMIGRATION LAWS..PUT THEM IN A BUS AND DRIVE THEM ACROSS THE BORDER.

  5. jdipaolo says:

    It’s not just Republican dominated states. Even in Democratic dominated states such as California polls show support for an Arizona style immigration law. However, the will of the citizens is unrepresented by politicians and journalists on the issue of immigration.

    http://californiawatch.org/dailyreport/poll-voters-here-support-arizona-style-immigration-law-3557

    1. ZOO says:

      Believe it or not, we in Arizona are unrepresented too. Their names are John McCain, Jon McKyl, and Jeff McFlake.

      1. jdipaolo says:

        I believe it. And this article is typical of a media narrative that Republicans need to join those three and get behind comprehensive immigration reform or face the wrath of Hispanic voters. The fact is that a majority of Democrats are pro-enforcement, and blue collar white voters make up a bigger swing vote in key swing states like Ohio, Indiana, and Pennsylvania. NBCLatino is nothing but a media crony for the Democratic politicians. No thinking person should take them at their word.

  6. jdipaolo says:

    It’s not just Republican dominated states. Even in Democratic dominated states like California polls show support for an Arizona style law. However, like in most states, the will of the citizens is not represented by politicians (or journalists) on immigration issues.

    http://californiawatch.org/dailyreport/poll-voters-here-support-arizona-style-immigration-law-3557

    1. jOSE says:

      TRUE. THE MAJORITY OF AMERICANS SUPPORT THE ARIZONA SB1070, BUT OBAMA AND THE DEMOCRATS ARE NOT WITH THE MAJORITY. I HOPE WHITES VOTE GOP AND NONE WHITES LIKE ME WHO BELIEVE IN IMMIGRATION ENFORCEMENT.

      1. jdipaolo says:

        Thanks for your reply. I can only speak for myself, but I’ve been voting Democratic for twenty years and I’m going Republican this time.

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