Friday, August 20, 2010

Virginia Residents Protest Cuccinelli/McDonnell’s Stance on Virginia Immigration Law

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Media Advisory for:
Monday, August 23, 2010
Contact:
Meghan McNamara: 847-922-1213
mmcnamara@reformimmigrationforamerica.org
Julie Blust: 804-405-6615
blust@virginia-organizing.org




VIRGINIA RESIDENTS PROTEST CUCCINELLI/ MCDONNELL'S STANCE ONF VIRGINIA IMMIGRATION LAW


Local Community Members Oppose 287G—McDonnell’s Plan to Give State Troopers Authority of Federal Immigration Agents



Norfolk, Virginia – On Monday, August 23 at noon, protestors will gather outside of Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli’s regional office in Norfolk to voice their disapproval of the McDonnell Administration’s recent actions on immigration. They will picket outside his office for half an hour before entering the building to demand a meeting and to drop off informational materials on the effects of anti-immigrant laws on a state’s economy, diversity and overall safety.

The protest is in response to recent actions by Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli and Governor Bob McDonnell. Last week, Governor McDonnell appealed to Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano to put into place the 287g program throughout the entire state of Virginia. This contract gives state troopers the authority of federal immigration agents, checking people for immigration status when performing a lawful stop. Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli recently made a controversial advisory opinion which states that the police should be allowed to inquire about a person’s immigration status when stopped for any reason.

Residents organizing the protest say that McDonnell and Cuccinelli are out of touch and reckless on the immigration issue. They will be using the opportunity to encourage the McDonnell Administration to ask Congress to pass Comprehensive Immigration Reform instead of attempting to pass anti-immigrant state legislation that will infringe on every Virginian's rights.

WHO: Crowd of protestors with signs
WHAT: Protest of Cuccinelli’s opinion that police can pull over immigrants based on whether they appear to be illegal, and direct action where protestors will enter into his office to demand a meeting in Richmond

WHEN: Monday, August 23, 12:00 noon

WHERE: Outside Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli’s office, 500 Main Street, Norfolk,VA 23510

VISUAL: Protestors outside holding signs against statewide immigration reform,

and inside of the building, protestors expressing their concern to Cuccinelli’s

staff.


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