IMMIGRATION

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...
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...