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Prince William County Resolution Weakened

Cite as "AILA InfoNet Doc. No. 08042990 (posted Apr. 29, 2008)"

On 04/29/08, the Prince William County, Virginia Board of Supervisors abolished a key part of the county's illegal-immigration policy by directing police officers to question criminal suspects about their immigration status only after they have been arrested.

The board's change in immigration policy comes only 6 months after the Board passed a resolution in October 2007 (No. 07-828) directing officers to check the legal status of all suspects, no matter how minor the offense, if they suspected the person might be in the country unlawfully.

The board unanimously supported changing course after slashing $3.1 million from its budget that was to be used to install video cameras in police cars to better enforce the county's illegal-immigration policy. Police said they needed cameras to protect officers from accusations of racial profiling.

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