Cuccinelli wades into Arizona law controversy

By Ryan Nobles - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is wading into the controversy over a new law in Arizona regarding immigration.

The law is headed for a federal court. Right now this law is only in Arizona, but it could impact the entire United States, including Virginia.

Arizona is being sued by the federal government over the law that gives local officials broad powers when it comes to enforcing federal immigration policy. Arizona has responded, and now Virginia is supporting them.

Cuccinelli has filed an amicus brief on the side of Arizona, arguing the law should stand. Virginia is one of nine states to take such action.

On Monday during NBC12 First at Four, Ryan Nobles spoke to the director of ice, John Morton. He said a patchwork of laws could lead to trouble.

"I don't think at the end of the day that individual state immigration enforcement regimes are the right answer," said Morton. "We need a uniform federal law but one that's aggressive and one that works very closely with the states throughout the country."

Morton shares the belief of the Obama administration that the feds need to institute reform. This case could go a long way to deciding if and when that reform ever comes.

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