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Sooner or later, this was bound to happen.When Virginia's own Ken Cuccinelli — the former attorney general famous for attempting to prosecute climate change research, covering up Virtus' bareness, suing to overturn Obamacare, defending anti-sodomy laws and other conservative windmill-tilting that even rolled the eyes of many a Republican...
On the day she was scheduled to be deported, Abbie Arevalo-Herrera took up residence at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Richmond, where congregants have agreed to shield her from Immigration and Customs Enforcement.Just over a year later, the 32-year-old Honduran woman who came to the U.S. seeking asylum...
WASHINGTON -- A $4.6 billion humanitarian aid package for the southern U.S. border is poised to be enacted after top U.S. House Democrats reluctantly helped pass a version of the legislation adopted by the U.S. Senate.The House vote on Thursday followed a week of tense negotiations over the aid...
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday issued two of its most-anticipated rulings of this term, delaying the addition of a citizenship to the 2020 census and declaring that the courts can’t settle partisan gerrymandering disputes. In a complicated decision regarding the Trump administration’s plans to add a citizenship...
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Senate on Wednesday approved its own $4.6 billion humanitarian aid package for the southern border, setting up a clash with House lawmakers who passed a dramatically different version the night before. The Senate version passed on a vote of 84-8 with broad bipartisan support after the...
A new report from the Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis says immigrants are key contributors to the state's overall economy, despite challenges that include health insurance access, discrimination, language barriers, “brain waste” and housing costs.The left-leaning Richmond institute says that, as many parts of Virginia struggle to find enough...
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. House passed a $4.5 billion package late Tuesday to spend on humanitarian aid at the U.S.-Mexico border. The bill passed by a vote of 230-195, largely along party lines. The measure lays out new health and safety conditions for children kept in federal custody and additional...
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. House on Tuesday passed a bill that aims to give up to 2.5 million undocumented immigrants a pathway to U.S. citizenship.The legislation -- a top priority for House Democrats -- would offer protections for undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children...
Localities across Virginia staved off population loss due to an influx of immigrants, a new analysis by Stateline, a project of the Pew Charitable Trusts, found.In 1 of 5 U.S. counties, immigrants "prevented or significantly softened population loss," the report states.In several Virginia municipalities, immigration either cut population loss...
Between 2013 and 2017, the number of refugees entering Virginia crept up until it topped 4,200, more than double the number who entered the state just four years earlier.But in 2018, the number plummeted to its lowest in six years, leaving some resettlement agencies scrambling and causing at least...