Immigration

Within the halls of the oldest representative body in the U.S., in the very same seats that Virginia lawmakers craft legislation, sat 44 people from 32 different countries who, for the first time, were called “Americans.” 

It was all part of a naturalization ceremony at the State Capitol that, for some, marked a decades-long journey for U.S. citizenship.

 

Last year, the White House issued an executive order barring the deportation of high school students whose parents came to this country illegally.  They were encouraged to apply for a special immigration status that could, ultimately, lead to citizenship.  Now, seven of those students are suing to qualify for in-state tuition at Virginia’s public colleges and universities.

Campaign communication about immigration reform has an effect on voters from a variety of backgrounds.  That’s part of the analysis of an exit poll conducted statewide after this week’s vote in Virginia.

9500 Liberty

Sep 25, 2013

The United States has been called a ‘land of immigrants” and some say the debate about immigration reflects the very core of our identity as Americans.

The immigration reform bill, passed by the US Senate in June, appears stalled in Congress. 

A film called, 9500 Liberty documented the reaction in Prince William County, Virginia, when an Arizona-style immigration ordinance was implemented there several years ago.

Inside Out

Sep 16, 2013

The faces of immigration reform can be seen on the outside of a downtown Roanoke building.

Three foot high photos of men, women, boys and girls, are glued onto the wall in nice, neat rows.  It’s part of the Inside Out 11M Public Art Project.  The 11 M stands for the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the U. S. 

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