From the MJM
MEDIA GENERAL NEWS SERVICE
Published: September 23, 2008
About 40 law enforcement officers gathered in Culpeper early this morning for a county-wide sweep for illegal immigrants.
Town, county, state and federal officers with Immigration and Customs Enforcement met around 3:30 a.m. at the Culpeper Police Department, where they organized into several teams.
Following a briefing, the teams gathered for final last-minute preparations on Cameron Street before beginning the sweep around 5 a.m. Some of the teams got into unmarked SUVs, while others drove unmarked sedans, accompanied by local officers in marked patrol cars.
Sources say about 25 people were targeted in the sweep. The outcome of the joint initiative was not immediately known.
Town spokesman Wally Bunker said the results of the sweep will be discussed at a 1 p.m. press conference at the Commonwealth’s Attorneys office.
Officials said the sweep was meant to target three categories of people – those who had returned to the U.S. illegally after being deported, suspected or known gang members, and those who have very frequent but minor involvement with the law.
Now what is all THIS about? It sounds like a collective effort of the Culpeper Sherif’s Dept, the VA State Police and ICE to round up illegal immigrants. Since when is this done? Some folks must be in a state of Nirvana tonight. Others are probably very sad if their family members are gone.