Virginia Mercury

Budget amendments would expand Medicaid access for immigrants

BY: - January 30, 2019

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 quarters in the U.S., or […]

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Study: Allowing immigrants to pay in-state tuition is cost-effective for Virginia

BY: - January 16, 2019

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, or DACA, status at the […]


The new Know Nothings: Trump’s vile brew of nativism and conspiracy theory

BY: - November 2, 2018

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 at last convinced to meet […]


What refugees and immigrants can bring to our communities

BY: - October 16, 2018

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 commercial kitchen. We were […]

Second immigrant facing deportation claiming sanctuary in Va. church

BY: - October 8, 2018

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 conducting raids or enforcement activity […]