Fighting for Reform
4:00 am
Tue August 13, 2013

Protesters Pressure Lawmakers over Immigration

Credit Service Employees International Union

Congress is gone for the month of August so local immigration advocates are planning to take their fight for reform to Republican’s district offices in Virginia.

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Annual Swearing-In Ceremony
7:55 am
Fri July 5, 2013

New American Citizens


Seventy nine people from 38 countries became U.S. citizens today, during the annual swearing in at the home of Thomas Jefferson.  The event drew more than 3,000 people – in part because the featured speaker was a Grammy-winning rock star.

It was an exciting day for people who had waited years to become citizens, with some extra sparkle thanks to rock star and speaker Dave Matthews, who was born in South Africa and became a citizen in 1980. 

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A Celebration of Citizenship
7:40 am
Fri July 5, 2013

Dave Matthews Talks with WVTF's Sandy Hausman

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. 

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Immigration News
7:16 am
Mon July 1, 2013

VA Lawmakers React to Immigration Reform Passage

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.

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Immigration Reform
4:53 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Hi-Tech Entrepreneurs

An amendment proposed by U.S. Senator Mark Warner to the immigration-reform bill is languishing in the Senate even as the legislation moves closer to passage. 

The amendment would enable more highly skilled, foreign-born college graduates and entrepreneurs in science and technology to start businesses in the U.S. 

Warner says the U.S. educates thousands of foreign students who leave and compete against American businesses. The same is true of highly skilled but temporary foreign workers.

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