Immigration

Guest Workers Win in Virginia Court

Mar 25, 2016
U.S. Department of Agriculture

Thousands of guest workers come to Virginia each year to work in landscaping and forestry, agriculture and hospitality.  Amusement parks, hotels, restaurants and orchards say they couldn’t operate without help from abroad.  Unfortunately, some employers take advantage of these temporary workers – failing to pay overtime or deducting expenses from their wages, but a Charlottesville judge has ruled in favor of  200 of them who took their complaints to court.  

Roanoke College

Immigration is at the forefront of conversation in today’s political landscape – and an exhibit at Roanoke College from Museum on Main Street, a program with the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, seeks to explore America’s long and rich history with the movement of people.

If you walk into the Journey stories exhibit from Main Street in Salem, you can use interactive features to hear the sounds of the stories told.

President Obama has vowed to keep fighting for immigration reform, while Republican leaders push for new limits on who can come and who can stay in the U.S.  Here in Virginia, experts say the debate should take a very different tone, as this state’s immigrant population is like no other in the nation. 

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The 2015 legislative session in Virginia may be remembered for expanding access to medical marijuana and excusing Dominion Power from government oversight of its rates, but it could also be known for what didn’t happen. 

When President Obama announced that children raised in this country by undocumented parents could remain here legally, states had to decide whether to grant them in-state tuition.  Two lawmakers introduced bills to deny it, but Delegate Alfonso Lopez says neither was approved. 

Immigration Debate Heating Up in Congress

Nov 20, 2014
Rog Cogswell, Creative Commons

President Obama's executive order on immigration is sparking a heated debate in Congress that could lead to a government shutdown. 

 

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