A federal judge in New York, Judge Edgardo Ramos, has ruled that sanctuary cities are allowed in Virginia and Virginia laws cannot forbid them.
In April the Virginia General Assembly passed a bill that would ban sanctuary cities in Virginia but Governor Northam vetoed the bill.
In January Fairfax became a sanctuary county when the Sheriff said the county would no longer cooperate with ICE. Illegal immigrants who violate the law get a “get out of jail free” card in Fairfax.
In his ruling Judge Ramos said,
“The separation of powers acts as a check on tyranny and the concentration of power,” the judge wrote.
But beyond that, the judge ruled Section 1373 of immigration law, which requires at least some level of information-sharing, to be a violation of the Constitution’s Tenth Amendment, which prohibits federal interference with state powers.
So more MS13 gang members may soon be coming to a sanctuary city near you. Who would want that?