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Nick Freitas on Immigration

 

 


Allow questioning immigration status of victims or witnesses

Legislative Summary: HB 262: Prohibits law-enforcement officers from inquiring into the immigration status of a person who (i) reports that he is a victim of a crime or a parent or guardian of a minor victim of a crime or (ii) is a witness in the investigation of a crime.

Analysis by University of Richmond Capital News Service: HB 262 addresses a public safety issue in the Commonwealth. In Del. Alfonso Lopez's district, American Latino communities saw staggering decreases in crime reporting statistics. Sexual violence reports, for example, fell 85% in the first eight months of 2017. "What you have are people who are too scared to report when they are the victims or witnesses of crimes because they or a loved one might get caught up in the ICE detention process."

Legislative Outcome: Passed Senate 20-19-1 on 2/19/20; Passed House 54-42-4 on Feb/21/20; State Del. Nick Freitas voted NO; Signed by Governor Ralph Northam on Mar/11/20.

Source: 32BJ SEIU on Virginia voting records HB262 , Feb 21, 2020

Favored requiring local police to enforce immigration laws

SB1156: Policies prohibited that restrict enforcement of federal immigration laws.

Opinion by ACLU 5/22/19: ACLU-VA opposes SB1156, the so-called anti-sanctuary bill, because it is unnecessary legislation that will make our streets less safe. A combination of the Dillon Rule and existing state mandates make the existence of a sanctuary locality a legal impossibility in the Commonwealth.

Veto message from Gov.Northam: This bill would send a clear message to people across this Commonwealth that law enforcement officials are to be feared and avoided rather than trusted and engaged. The safety of our communities requires that all people, whether they are documented or not, feel comfortable reporting criminal activity and cooperating with local law enforcement investigations.

Legislative Outcome: Passed House 51-47-1 on Feb/19/19; State Del. Nick Freitas voted YES; Passed Senate 21-19-0 on Jan/17/19; Vetoed by Gov. Northam on Mar/19/19.

Source: ACLU voting recommendation on˙Virginia voting record SB1156 , Feb 19, 2019

Supports stronger borders and a merit-based entry policy

As a sovereign nation, we have an obligation to secure our borders. Our immigration system must be reformed to allow for safe and sensible legal immigration. We cannot allow for processes that do not take into account the best interests of our citizens. The current system has allowed terrorists and criminals to step in front of honest immigrants seeking to assimilate into our society. Nick supports both strengthening our border security and adopting merit-based immigration policies.
Source: 2018 Virginia Senate campaign website Nick4Senate.com , Mar 3, 2018

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