IMMIGRATION

Biden administration rolls out new rule to bolster DACA as lawsuit continues

BY: - September 28, 2021

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration on Monday unveiled a proposed new rule that would strengthen the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program to protect undocumented people in the program from legal challenges. The proposed rule, announced by the Department of Homeland Security, would “preserve and fortify” the DACA program, an Obama administration-era initiative that protects […]

Immigration reform blocked from reconciliation bill in Congress, but Democrats vow to try again

BY: - September 20, 2021

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate parliamentarian has turned down a plan to include a pathway to citizenship for millions of undocumented people in the $3.5 trillion reconciliation package, a blow for Democrats and immigration advocacy groups when the decision was disclosed late Sunday. “We are deeply disappointed in this decision but the fight to provide […]

Advocates pressure Warner and Kaine to pass immigration reform with or without bipartisan support

BY: - June 22, 2021

Virginia immigration advocacy groups are urging Sens. Tim Kaine and Mark Warner, both Democrats, to use the budget reconciliation process to pass immigration reform bill H.R.6 rather than continue to push for bipartisan support. “We can’t have a patchwork immigration system in the United States,” said Del. Alfonso Lopez, D-Arlington at a press conference last […]

Q&A: Dreamer discusses life under DACA on its ninth anniversary

BY: - June 15, 2021

Angel Romero arrived in Virginia when he was two years old, completely unaware of his parents’ status as undocumented migrants from Mexico. Under DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy enacted by former President Barack Obama’s administration in 2012, he’s been allowed to live and work legally in the U.S. But the protections are […]

COMMENTARY

Biden immigration overhaul would reunite families split up by deportation

BY: - March 23, 2021

By Robert McKee Irwin, University of California, Davis Hundreds of thousands of immigrant families have been separated by deportation from the United States, in many cases with a parent on one side of the border and children on the other, according to estimates by the Urban Policy Institute and Migration Policy Institute. Reunification is a […]

COMMENTARY

Fairfax County is first in Virginia to end voluntary cooperation with ICE: It shouldn’t be the last 

BY: - March 19, 2021

By Diane Burkley Alejandro and Luis Aguilar  In a ground-breaking measure, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors last week unveiled its “trust policy” to prohibit voluntary cooperation with Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The policy forbids county employees, including police, from asking about or disclosing a person’s immigration status unless required by law, a judicial warrant […]

U.S. House passes Dreamers bill over GOP objections, as immigration debate intensifies

BY: - March 18, 2021

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House took up two bills Thursday that would grant legal status to broad groups of immigrants living and working in the United States, including a pathway to citizenship for hundreds of thousands of undocumented people brought to the country as children. The measures mark the first step towards what advocates for […]

COMMENTARY

Virginia is becoming more welcoming

BY: - March 10, 2021

By Yely Montano As a daughter of immigrants, Virginia has always been a home for my family. It wasn’t until I got older when I started hearing how other immigrant families outside of the state perceived Virginia. Virginia is unsafe for immigrants. Virginia is where the police will hand you over to Immigration and Customs […]

After nearly three years living in Richmond church to avoid deportation, an immigrant leaves sanctuary

BY: - March 1, 2021

A Honduran woman who sheltered in the basement of a Richmond church for nearly three years to avoid deportation by ICE has moved back in with her family in Henrico. Abbie Arevalo and her lawyer cited new guidelines issued by President Joe Biden’s administration, which allowed her to obtain a one-year stay of removal while […]

Biden rolls back Trump policy on separation of migrant children from parents

BY: - February 3, 2021

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden signed three executive orders on Tuesday evening that will reverse controversial policies from the previous administration, including one that resulted in the separation of migrant children from their parents. Biden made it clear during the signing that he was not creating new immigration policies with the executive orders, but reversing […]

COMMENTARY

Health care is a right for every child

BY: - February 2, 2021

By Megan Prior, M.D., and Arshia Qaadir, M.D. At a pediatric clinic in Northern Virginia, two sisters were having a hard time sitting still as they waited to be seen for the first time. The youngest proudly exclaimed that she was three. Their parents introduced themselves and proceeded to recount the girls’ complicated medical histories. […]

Biden immigration overhaul would open a door to citizenship for 11 million people

BY: - January 22, 2021

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden is poised to send a sweeping immigration reform bill to Congress Thursday that would lay out a path for nearly 11 million undocumented people to obtain citizenship within eight years. Immigration has been one of the toughest issues for Congress to tackle, and the legislation’s fate is unclear in a […]