Immigration Talk on the Hill

Jun 5, 2014
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Proponents of comprehensive immigration reform blame two Virginia Republicans for inaction on the issue in the House.

Virginia maintains some power brokers in the Republican controlled House. Any changes to the nation's immigration laws need to pass through the Judiciary Committee, which is chaired by Virginia Republican Bob Goodlatte.  He's been mum on the subject of late.

“I’m was just wondering if there’s any timeline on immigration reform to come up?”

“I do not know of a timeline on it. So I’m not discussing that.”

With his chances of perhaps one day becoming the nation’s first Jewish Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives riding on a primary that's slightly more than a week away, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is under mounting pressure to move on immigration reform.

He was hit from both the right and the left—as his Republican rival and a coalition of Latino organizations spoke about it at separate events Wednesday. 


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.