Illegal Immigration Issues Attract Little Interest Outside N.Va. – Washington Post
By Anita Kumar
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, March 15, 2008; Page B01
RICHMOND, March 14 — A divided Virginia General Assembly killed most proposals to crack down on illegal immigration during its annual session, despite legislators’ repeated pledges to address the growing population in last fall’s campaign.
Of the 130 immigration bills introduced, only a handful passed before the legislature finished Thursday. The bills that would have penalized illegal immigrants died during the session, a sign that the issue lacks a sense of urgency statewide.
“I think the problem here is that there are not enough localities that are feeling the same pain as exploding localities like Prince William,” said Del. Paul F. Nichols (D-Prince William). “It’s frustrating.”
The number of immigration bills introduced in the two-month legislative session was the highest in recent years. More than 100 originated from the Republican-controlled House, where many were approved before the Democrat-controlled Senate killed them.