Immigration

Steve Helber / AP

Should local and state law enforcement officials enforce federal immigration laws? That’s a debate that heating up in the final days of the General Assembly session in Richmond this week.

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As the national conversation on immigration continues, Republicans in Virginia’s General Assembly are hoping to crack down on so called sanctuary cities.

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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