On Tuesday, Virginia Organizing and other community leaders will gather to show solidarity with undocumented immigrants across the U.S. and raise awareness on immigration reform. A comprehensive immigration reform with a path to citizenship bill was passed by the U.S. Senate in June and has not yet been heard by the House.
On Wednesday, Speaker of the House John Boehner said the House had no intention of passing a comprehensive immigration reform bill this year. “Speaker Boehner is going back on his word,” said Virginia Organizing Chairperson Sandra A. Cook.
Despite complaints that corporate taxes are too high, corporations on average pay only a third of the official federal income tax rate, according to a recent study by the U.S. Government Accountability Office.
A group of leaders from Virginia Organizing, Casa in Action, and ACLU of Virginia were escorted by police out of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s Richmond office Thursday after his staff refused to schedule a constituent meeting to discuss immigration reform.
Virginia Organizing and the Social Action Committee of the Waynesboro Unitarian Universalist Fellowship will screen the documentary The Dream is Now, followed by a discussion of the film and a call to action for the community.
Isabel Castillo, an advocate for immigration rights, will speak at Bridgewater College on Tuesday, Sept. 17, at 9:30 a.m. in Cole Hall, as part of the college’s Constitution Day celebration.
Nearly everyone agrees that we need to fix our nation’s broken immigration system, but the House and Senate are taking two very different approaches to solving this complex issue. The Senate recently passed a massive 1,000 page immigration bill; however, it largely fails to address the problems with our current immigration system.
A new website from Virginia Organizing and New Bridges Immigrant Resource Center will focus on immigration stories from people in the Shenandoah Valley.
On Thursday, June 27 at 7 p.m., Virginia Organizing will hold a forum on the history and current state of immigration in the Shenandoah Valley at the Staunton Public Library.
This week, the House Judiciary Committee, led by U.S. Rep. Bob Goodlatte, passed an immigration bill called the “SAFE Act” that would make the presence of immigrants in the U.S. without proper documentation a crime and give states and counties around the country the power to turn their police into immigration agents.
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a report on Tuesday, June 18 showing the bipartisan Senate immigration bill will decrease the federal deficit by $197 billion over the next 10 years. In addition, it is estimated that comprehensive immigration reform with a path to citizenship would further decrease the federal deficit by another $700 billion by 2033.
A comprehensive immigration reform bill has moved from the Senate Judicial Committee’s consideration to the full Senate for debate.