Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Support SB441

SB 441 is the bill that makes it state policy that law enforcement officers will not routinely ask crime victims and witnesses questions about their immigration status.


Let your member of the House of Delegates know NOW that you support SB 441 and want him/her to vote YES when the bill is considered on the floor of the House of Delegates this week.

This bill is a public safety bill. We will all be safer if the bill passes because members of immigrant communities in the Commonwealth will be more willing to report crimes to police and to cooperate with prosecutors.

Most people who are not lawfully present in Virginia are not guilty of criminal violations of immigration laws. They are people who entered the US legally and overstayed their visas or are otherwise out of status. Nonetheless, because of their fear of deportation if identified, persons who are not documented (and members of their families some of whom may be citizens or otherwise lawfully present) are reluctant to cooperate with law enforcement in the investigation or prosecution of crime.

To find out who your member of the House of Delegates is go to http://conview.state.va.us/whosmy.nsf/main?openform Then, use the contact information to send the member an email or call him/her at his/her office.

Or, call the constituent viewpoint line to make your views known: (800) 889-0229 (outside Richmond) or 698-1990 (Richmond area).

It is VERY important that members of the House of Delegates hear from supporters of SB 441 before the vote on Tuesday.

information courtesy of

Claire Guthrie Gastanaga
VACOLAO/VSDVAA Lobbyist
Claire Guthrie Gastanaga
CG2 Consulting
501 E. Franklin Street
Richmond, VA 23219
cg2@cg2consulting.com

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My Email:

Dear Senator Colgan and Delegate Marshall:

Please protect our communities through SB 441.

This bill is a public safety bill. We will all be safer if the bill passes because members of immigrant communities in the Commonwealth will be more willing to report crimes to police and to cooperate with prosecutors. Statistically, most people who are not lawfully present in Virginia are not guilty of criminal violations. They are people who entered the US legally and overstayed their visas or are otherwise out of status. Nonetheless, because of their fear of deportation if identified, persons who are not documented (and members of their families some of whom may be citizens or otherwise lawfully present) are reluctant to cooperate with law enforcement in the investigation or prosecution of crime.

In Prince William County we are facing a crisis because the disputed Immigration Resolution is now in effect. This bill would mean ALL residents could breathe a little easier in what has become a fearful and divided community.

Thank you for considering my request.

Katherine Mercurio Gotthardt

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