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24 Mar 2015

2015 Legislative Session a Mixed Bag for Immigrants

About 20 state legislators and representatives of advocacy groups have formed the New Americans Caucus to address the needs of undocumented residents and other immigrants.

23 Jan 2014

Va. Senate Committee Says ‘No’ To Dreamers

By Chris Suarez Capital News Service RICHMOND — Virginia Senate legislation designed to give in-state tuition to undocumented childhood arrivals was defeated this past week by a Health and Education Committee vote of 6-7. Senate Bill 249, patroned by Sen. Donald McEachin, D-Richmond, and known as the Virginia DREAM Act, sparked heated rhetoric on whether […]

19 Jan 2013

Virginia Mulls In-State Tuition for Undocumented Immigrants

Six bills – two in the Senate and four in the House – seek to change Virginia law so that undocumented immigrants meeting certain criteria would be able to pay in-state college tuition.

25 Feb 2012

Panel Blocks Bill to Ask Legal Status of Arrestees

Prince William County officials are upset that a Senate committee has defeated Delegate Richard Anderson’s bill requiring police to ask arrestees whether they are legal U.S. residents. House Bill 1060, which had passed the House earlier in February, failed on a 7-7 vote last week in the Senate Courts of Justice Committee.

13 Feb 2011

Her Dream: To Help Other Immigrants

She earned a bachelor’s degree in social work in 2007, graduating magna cum laude. She accomplished that feat in just three and a half years while working 30 hours a week. Today, she is a waitress, babysitter and sometime interpreter. She also is an undocumented immigrant.

28 Jan 2011

Panel OKs Crackdown on Illegal Immigrants

On party-line votes in a packed hearing room, a House subcommittee has endorsed a legislative package that Republicans said will curb illegal immigration but opponents said may unfairly punish undocumented residents and promote discrimination.

26 Jan 2011

Shops May Be Taking a Chance

Is it an online gambling operation or a cyber-café? That’s the question surrounding the Internet Shoppees in Amelia Bottom and the Village Square Shopping Center. Law enforcement officials have raided similar businesses in Roanoke, Virginia Beach, Pittsylvania County and Farmville, and state legislators are considering whether to explicitly outlaw such operations.