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Waynesboro Police arrest three suspected Sureno 13 gang members

The Waynesboro Police Department has arrested three local men over the weekend, and is currently seeking a fourth man, all believed to be members or associates of the notorious Hispanic gang Sureno 13.


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 […]


Anti-immigrant bills fall in Virginia Senate

Anti-immigrant bills that had passed the Virginia House of Delegates failed to advance in the Senate on Wednesday when a special subcommittee on immigration of the Senate Courts of Justice Committee killed 10 of the 12 bills it addressed. Jorge Figueredo, the ACLU of Virginia’s director of racial justice and immigrants’ rights, was one of […]


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 […]


McDonnell: Concerns over reliability of federal documents leads to suspension

Gov. Bob McDonnell announced today that the Department of Motor Vehicles will suspend acceptance of the federally-issued Employment Authorization Document (I-766) as proof of legal presence in the United States, a condition of obtaining a driver’s license or identification card in Virginia. The action, according to the governor’s office, is the result of concerns over […]


Rights groups urge feds to reject 287(g)

A coalition of faith groups, civil and human rights organizations, and government officials have asked the Department of Homeland Security to reject Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell’s request to allow the Virginia Department of State Police to enter into a 287(g) agreement with Immigration and Customs Enforcement. A 287(g) agreement, named after a provision of federal […]


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 […]


McDonnell requests immigration powers for State Police

After months of discussions, Gov. Bob McDonnell has formally requested that the Department of Homeland Security enter into a 287(g) agreement with the Virginia Department of State Police allowing certain Virginia troopers to perform certain functions of a federal immigration officer within the borders of the Commonwealth. “I have been a longtime proponent of allowing […]


Ken Plum: Enforcing immigration laws

With the wide publicity the Arizona law has received requiring police to question people if there is reason to suspect they are in the United States illegally, the Police Foundation distributed to state legislators the results of a study it had conducted on the issue. As the president of the Foundation explained in his transmittal […]


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 […]


Cuccinelli joins group backing Arizona immigration law

Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli has joined a coalition of nine states filing an amicus brief in federal court supporting Arizona’s new immigration reform law. “In creating immigration laws over the years, Congress created a joint federal-state cooperative immigration enforcement program,” Cuccinelli said in a statement released on Wednesday. “States merely report the immigration status of […]


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 […]


Sanford D. Horn: PSA should put Labor Secretary out of work

Column by Sanford D. Horn Submit guest columns: freepress2@ntelos.net   If ever there was proof of this administration’s duplicitous behavior toward those to whom they are most answerable, the American citizen, it is in the recent Public Service Announcement made by Labor Secretary Hilda Solis. “You work hard, and you have the right to be […]


McKelvey campaign on the air in the Fifth

Story by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net   The Jim McKelvey for Congress campaign is on the air with two TV commercials on stations across Virginia’s Fifth District that debuted today.


Videocast | The No, No, No!, No!! Committee

We might be losing the stimulus battle, but we’ve got things going our way again. The liberals are blowing it, big time. It’s time for us to strike. Strike the fear of God in ‘em first, then conquer. We can do it. Or at least Chris Graham, channeling his inner Republican, thinks so. Length: 1:06.