The speaker at this year's ceremony for new citizens at Monticello was rock star and local hero Dave Matthews. In an exclusive interview, he told WVTF's Sandy Hausman that he came to this country from South Africa as a kid, but was happy to become a citizen himself in 1980.
After passage in the Senate by a wide margin, immigration reform now moves to the U-S House. Here's a snapshot of what Virginia lawmakers are saying about it.
A bipartisan group of eight senators crafted the comprehensive immigration bill the old-fashioned way: in a conference room with their sleeves rolled up. Not so in the House, where Republicans, like Virginia Congressman Randy Forbes, say the Senate's process isn't open enough.
There’s mixed reaction in Virginia regarding the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of federal recognition of all legal marriages. In a statement, the Attorney General's office says it will defend the Virginia Constitution, which defines marriage as the union between one man and one woman. But, that position is pitted against another legal juggernaut, the ACLU, which is applauding the decision and says it will fight to pave the way for same-sex marriages within the state.
Lawmakers in the region are having mixed reactions to the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act.
Many Republicans had muted responses to the Court s landmark decision. Not Virginia Republican Congressman Bob Goodlatte. The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee issued a statement saying he s disappointed and troubled by the ruling.
A comprehensive immigration reform bill in the U.S. Senate that survived an effort to expand its border-security requirements still has a long way to go before its passage. Meanwhile, a House bill with tougher enforcement provisions is being advanced by Republicans-led by 6th District Congressman Bob Goodlatte. But as Virginia Public Radio’s Tommie McNeil reports, a state coalition says the Commonwealth’s residents prefer the Senate version … and it's urging the Congressional delegation to support it. . .