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Ken Plum: Gov. McAuliffe sets the stage

Last week I heard the 35th State of the Commonwealth speech since I have been a member of the House of Delegates. I think Governor Terry McAuliffe made the best of any of the speeches I have heard over my career in the legislature.


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Virginia Dream Act goes down to defeat in committee

The Virginia Dream Act, which would have given young people with deferred action status in-state tuition at Virginia’s public colleges, went down to defeat in the Senate Education and Health Committee on a party-line vote of 8-7.


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State Senate Democrats fight on Dream Act bill

Senate Democrats are proposing legislation that would grant in-state tuition at Virginia colleges to young people with Deferred Action status, allowing them full access to the benefits of a college education for the first time in history. The Virginia Dream Act sets out standards for students to qualify:


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Ken Plum: Time to act on the DREAM

Congress needs to act on the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act, or DREAM Act, as soon as it reconvenes after the elections. The Act which was first introduced in 2001 would provide a path to citizenship for people brought to this country at a very young age.


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Jennifer Butler: Justice for Dreamers

Hundreds of thousands of young immigrants got a better chance to fulfill the American dream last week when President Obama announced that the administration will stop deporting undocumented youth who are law-abiding, pursuing an education or military service, and came to the country before turning 16


EMU alumna in national spotlight on immigration issue

Isabel Castillo, a 2007 Eastern Mennonite University graduate, has become a nationally recognized spokesperson for the plight of undocumented young people in the United States. Castillo was featured in a Feb. 20, 2011, New York Times article, “Dream Act Advocate Turns Failure into Hope.” This publicity led Jesuit-run University of San Francisco to invite her […]


House GOP takes up immigration

House Republican leaders are taking up the hot-button issue of illegal immigration at the outset of a Virginia General Assembly session taking place against the backdrop of fall elections. “House Republicans believe that playing by the rules and abiding by the law is important. Countless immigrants to this great nation have come here to embrace […]


Erik Camayd-Freixas: The DREAM Act and the wealth of nations: An educator’s perspective

Against all odds, 65,000 undocumented students graduate from high school each year, many with honors. They are among America’s brightest, most driven and underprivileged. We have invested much in their K-12 education, and they have much to contribute to our society. National identity and allegiance are established during adolescence. This is their homeland. Brought here […]


Don’t ask, don’t tell, DREAM Act fall victim to filibuster

An effort to get a vote on legislation repealing the don’t ask, don’t tell policy that is used to keep gays and lesbians from serving in the United States military and a vote on a bill that would open educational opportunities and a path to citizenship for undocumented Americans who are long-time U.S. residents failed […]


DREAM Act rally to greet McDonnell

Members of a Valley-based group will greet Gov. Bob McDonnell on his way to his town-hall meeting at James Madison University in Harrisonburg on Thursday to voice their disapproval of the Republican’s stance on immigration. “We believe that immigration is a federal issue, and that politicians such as Ken Cuccinelli and Gov. McDonnell should be […]


EMU grad among DREAM Act protestors arrested

Isabel Castillo, a 2007 graduate of Eastern Mennonite University, was one of 21 recent graduates and current students from universities – all undocumented immigrants – from around the United States who were arrested for acts of non-violent civil disobedience at the U.S. Senate Hart Office Building on July 20. All of them were brought to […]


DREAM to reality

Isabel wanted to create an impression on her visit to Washington, so she had members of the group there to lobby Sen. Mark Warner for support for the DREAM Act to wear their graduation caps. “We weren’t sure if we would actually be able to meet with him one-on-one,” she said. But the senator was […]