IMMIGRATION

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...
Tempers flared on the House floor Tuesday as delegates sparred over a bill by Sen. Dick Black, R-Loudoun, that would prohibit localities from adopting policies or ordinances that restrict the enforcement of federal immigration laws."Here we go again," said Del. Alfonso Lopez, D-Arlington, son of a Venezuelan immigrant.Lopez said the...
By Jayla Marie McNeill/ Capital News Service Virginia has joined a coalition of 15 other states to challenge President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency and to block the diversion of congressional funding to build a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico, according to a lawsuit filed Monday. “Concocting a...
Virginia's rules on allowing legal immigrants to access Medicaid coverage are twice as onerous as most other states, according to a new report from the Commonwealth Institute.While 44 states require immigrants to legally reside in the country for five years before, in Virginia the individual must have worked 40...
A new study by the Commonwealth Institute suggests that allowing students with deferred action immigration status to pay in-state tuition at Virginia colleges and universities does not create a cost burden for the state.In the fall of 2017, there were only 418 students with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals,...
I have heard it a million times and the story still makes my sides split.My grandmother, an aspiring Boston nurse of Irish and English ancestry, who grew up in the nearby seaside town of Quincy, had started dating a Harvard medical student with a funny last name and was...
When my wife and I started attending Tabernacle Baptist Church in Richmond, we were impressed by the diverse congregation. Nearly a third of our members are refugees. I become friends with a Burmese refugee named Biak Tling, an experienced carpenter in his home country whose first job in Richmond was in a...
A 44-year-old Guatemalan woman who says she is facing imminent deportation by ICE has taken refuge in a Virginia church, Wesley Memorial UMC in Charlottesville.The woman, María Chavalan Sut, is the second immigrant to publicly claim sanctuary in a Virginia house of worship, taking advantage of an ICE policy of not...