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Prince William Requesting FOIA Records Again

Prince William County, Virginia officials want to know what the U.S. government has done with some 7,000 people released from their custody by deportation officials.

The Washington Times reports the county will submit a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Immigrations and Custom regarding the inmates. They hope the information may shed some light on who might still be on the streets in the county, which lies on the outskirts of the metropolitan D.C. area. Not all criminals turned over to ICE are deported.

In 2007, Prince William County Chairman Corey Stewart made national headlines when he proposed a new law that would allow county police officers to inquiry about a person’s immigration status regardless of any criminal wrongdoing. The county amended the provision in 2008, allowing law enforcement to ask about immigration status only when a personal was arrested for an unrelated offense.

According to New American Media, more than three-fourths of Virginia’s growth over the past 14 years has come largely from immigrant and minority communities. The Latino American population increased by more than 90 percent according to last decade’s census records, says Bloomberg News.

Prince William County is quickly growing as one of the most influential areas in the Commonwealth and is home to an ever-increasing number of federal and military personnel thanks to larger land area and fewer taxes compared to the immediate D.C. area.

Stewart told the Times litigation may be the only facet left as the county has requested the information on prior occasions to no avail.

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