Sen. Mark R. Warner, D-Va., said the so-called Gang of Eight’s current immigration bill “is the best chance in 35 years to fix a broken immigration system.” Warner announced that to a room full of farmers and agribusiness professionals during a May 3 round-table discussion about immigration reform at Virginia Farm Bureau Federation’s headquarters.
It has a long way to go before becoming law, but the introduction of a bipartisan immigration reform bill is significant for U.S. agriculture. A group of senators has unveiled a comprehensive immigration reform bill that includes provisions for a new agricultural guestworker program. American Farm Bureau Federation president Bob Stallman said that’s extremely important for the future of agriculture.
U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine today visited Oracle, a global technology company in Reston, to meet with leaders of the Northern Virginia technology corridor and discuss his efforts to help their businesses grow and thrive, including a comprehensive solution to the nation’s broken immigration system.
U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-Va.) issued the following statement after a bipartisan group of eight senators introduced a bill to fix our nation’s broken immigration system.
Virginia Organizing and other groups rallied 300 people who gathered and marched in the streets of Harrisonburg in support of comprehensive immigration reform with a clear path to citizenship on April 9. The diverse crowd began at Court Square and marched to U.S. Representative Bob Goodlatte’s office to show solidarity.
As Washington lawmakers throw themselves into comprehensive immigration reform, I say, “Remember the women.” Women constitute more than half of our country’s undocumented immigrant population. They have a huge stake in the new immigration overhaul now being crafted by eight men in the Senate.
Great question from PBS political reporter Mark Shields to Sixth District Congressman Bob Goodlatte today at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast. Shields asked Goodlatte, a power broker in the House GOP as the chair of the Judiciary Committee, whether the Republican Party’s recent electoral problems are “the pizza or the box,” that is, the product that the party is offering voters, or the packaging.
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.
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: