Governor McAuliffe vetoes bill on detaining undocumented individuals

(MGN Online)

RICHMOND, Va. (WSET) -- Governor Terry McAuliffe has vetoed a bill that would force state or local authorities to detain individuals longer than necessary if those individuals are suspected of violating federal immigration laws.

House Bill 1468 passed both the House and the Senate.

The House passed the bill with 68 for and 31 against.

The Senate passed the bill with 21 for and 19 against.

McAuliffe issued a statement saying this bill would prohibit the release of certain persons, held by state or local officials, who are suspected of violating U.S. immigration laws.

"House Bill 1468 is virtually identical to House Bill 481 (2016), which I vetoed last year," McAuliffe wrote.

McAuliffe wrote that the bill is unnecessary.

"The Commonwealth’s law enforcement authorities currently work closely with their Federal counterparts regarding immigrants held in state and local correctional facilities," he wrote. "Imposing the requirements of House Bill 1468 on local sheriffs and jail administrators could inject confusion into this relationship, leading to less effective public safety efforts.

McAuliffe also wrote that he is concerned about the message the bill conveys.

"This is just one of a series of anti-immigrant measures which have contributed to contention here in Virginia and nationwide," he said.

McAuliffe said that after vetoing last year's bill he told the General Assembly that it should be focused on substantive policies to improve safety in Virginia.

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