Racism and Anti-Immigrant Sentiment Increasing in Virginia

Posted: August 3, 2010 in Uncategorized
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Yesterday, August 2, 2010, Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli passed a legal opinion saying that police in Virginia should check the immigration status of people they detain or stop. This law does not require police to ask about immigration status, but it does give them approval to go ahead and do so. This is clearly another step in the process of increasing racism, xenophobia, and classism in Virginia.

Apparently Prince William County is the county that is the most anti-immigrant and avid about searching out ‘illegal’ immigrants. Hopefully other areas will not be choosing to enforce this new approval. However, it might be a good time to remind your local politicians that you are against this change in policy. Many jurisdictions have said that the drain on resources and time required to check immigration status would be too much, and so they probably will not enforce this policy.

As anarchists we are avidly against this increase of anti-immigrant sentiment in Virginia and nation wide. We are against nations,  borders, militarization of borders, and criminalization of free movement. We support the free movement of all people. We are against racial profiling and any increase in the role or power given to the police. We are for dignity and autonomy for all people.  We do not believe that people can be ‘illegal’.

We believe that in this time of increased racism and hostility towards immigrants and people perceived as immigrants it is important for anarchists and others to make their stances clear and find ways to be allies in this struggle. These are incremental changes in policy which add up to huge changes in peoples’ lives. We need to stop this before it is too late, before it gets worse.

For more information on the background of this situation in Arizona and Virginia- and the connections between the two- please check out our friend Kontra’s blog! http://kontradictions.wordpress.com/2010/07/30/home-to-roost-why-virginia-might-be-the-next-arizona/

We will be doing our best to stay on top of this and related issues. Any news of other information or developments would be appreciated. You can contact us at wingnut_collective@yahoo.com

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