IMMIGRATION

Supreme Court rejects Trump administration challenge to DACA

BY: - June 19, 2020

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday salvaged an Obama-era program that has allowed hundreds of thousands of young, unauthorized immigrants known as “Dreamers” to remain in the country without immediate fear of deportation. In a 5-4 decision, Chief Justice John Roberts sided with the court’s liberal wing in finding that the Trump administration […]

Latino, immigrant workers, hit hardest by COVID-19, see little aid from government, leaders say

BY: - May 18, 2020

With Latino Virginians among those with the highest infection rates of the new coronavirus and afflicted by the severe disease it causes – COVID-19 – Latino leaders are asking why government outreach and aid to their sizable community has been negligible. Despite assurances of aggressive assistance by Gov. Ralph Northam and the Virginia Department of […]

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Facing the COVID-19 pandemic in Virginia without government relief

BY: - April 17, 2020

By Jennifer Romero As a DACA recipient and daughter of undocumented parents, surviving the COVID-19 pandemic has become a struggle. My father’s boss has cut several hours off his job, and my mother can’t work for the next few weeks due to her health condition. My brother and I will receive stimulus checks from the […]

Virginia lawmakers vote to grant driver privilege cards to undocumented immigrants

BY: - March 7, 2020

Virginia lawmakers voted Saturday to grant driver privilege cards – but not full-fledged licenses – to undocumented immigrants. “I cannot tell you all how important this is for about 300,000 people living in Virginia,” said Sen. Scott Surovell, D-Alexandria. “This bill is going to change people’s lives.” Currently undocumented immigrants are not able to get […]

COMMENTARY

Let’s rethink the immigration debate

BY: - February 17, 2020

By Unni Kirandumkara This month, Americans began the process of selecting the next president of the United States. The Iowa caucuses kicked off Feb. 3, and Super Tuesday will be here before we know it. As Virginians consider who to vote for, we need to start thinking smarter about immigration. That’s especially true in Richmond, where […]

House, Senate pass long-anticipated immigrants’ rights bills

BY: and - February 12, 2020

Legislation extending driver privileges and in-state tuition regardless of immigration status, pushed for years by advocates for Virginia immigrants, cleared both chambers of the General Assembly Tuesday. “There’s a growing cognizance that these are communities who need licenses and in-state tuition,” said Monica Sarmiento, the executive director of the Virginia Coalition for Immigrant Rights. “They’re […]

Virginia Wesleyan and Marymount universities want the Supreme Court to protect DACA

BY: - October 14, 2019

Virginia Wesleyan and Marymount universities were the only Virginia schools to sign on to a legal brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to protect students covered under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy that President Donald Trump cancelled in 2017. “Virginia Wesleyan University is committed to inclusiveness and acceptance of all, especially those seeking […]

Va. regulators file to shut down company accused of exploiting immigrants in need of bail

BY: - October 9, 2019

State regulators are seeking a cease-and-desist order against a Virginia-grown company that’s drawn nationwide scrutiny amid allegations it exploits immigrants by charging excessive fees to secure their release from detention centers. A filing Friday by the state Bureau of Insurance accuses Libre by Nexus, which was founded and operated out of Augusta County until earlier […]

Immigrant bond funds launch in Virginia amid growing ICE detentions

BY: - October 8, 2019

By Georgia Geen/Capital News Service When Eva Solano returned home after spending 28 days in immigration detention, she knew she wasn’t going to go back to her normal life and pretend nothing had happened. “I told my lawyer, ‘I need to do something,’” Solano said. “It’s not about me. I’m the lucky one.” Solano joined […]

COMMENTARY

Trump administration’s ‘public charge’ rule threatens fundamental American values

BY: - August 30, 2019

By Jill Hanken  The American Dream has always promised immigrants a fair start: access to food, shelter and health care. It has promised access to opportunity. My grandparents, Russian immigrants who came to this country in the early 1900s, understood this. With little money or material goods, they came to the U.S. for a new […]

Giving undocumented immigrants driver’s licenses and in-state tuition could help the economy, report says

BY: - August 21, 2019

If Virginia offered undocumented immigrants driver’s licenses, in-state tuition and state financial aid and subsidized health care, the state could reap economic and social benefits, a new report says. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a progressive Washington D.C. think tank, recommended four policies to “welcome immigrants … into the mainstream economy and foster […]

COMMENTARY

Send us back?

BY: - August 14, 2019

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 here — joined the Trump […]