Attorney General Mark R. Herring is joining 14 other states and the District of Columbia today in filing an amicus brief advocating for recently announced federal immigration reforms that “will increase State tax revenue, enhance public safety, and help avoid tragic situations in which parents are deported away from their U.S. citizen children, who are left to rely on state services or extended family.”
Governor McAuliffe released the following statement in support of Virginia joining 14 states and the District of Columbia in filing an Amicus Brief in support of President Obama’s immigration actions.
The Virginia Coalition for Immigrant Rights commented on the move by Attorney General Mark Herring, Congressmen Bobby Scott, Gerry Connolly, and Don Beyer on signing an Amicus Brief supporting the Obama administration by requesting that the Texas 5th Circuit Court lift Judge Andrew Hanen’s preliminary injunction blocking the expansion of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and the Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA).
Virginia business leaders, public safety officials, elected officials, and immigration advocates expressed support today for Attorney General Herring’s decision to support targeted, compassionate immigration reform that “will increase State tax revenue, enhance public safety, and help avoid tragic situations in which parents are deported away from their U.S. citizen children.”
There are many issues plaguing our nation’s immigration system, but the biggest problem is that immigration laws are not enforced.
In order to work, a nation built on the rule of law requires interdependence. We call it separation of powers, but what that really means is that through a system of checks and balances, authority is shared between three branches to ensure the government itself is held accountable to the law.
A decision made by a U.S. District Court in Texas just a few days ago has had a major impact on President Obama’s recent executive actions to unilaterally change our immigration laws.
U.S. Senator Tim Kaine joined his Democratic colleagues to advocate a clean bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and block Republican attempts to play politics with the agency’s funding and risk a shutdown of the critical agency over disagreements with the President’s immigration actions.
As we look to a new year and a new Congress, we have before us a unique opportunity with a Republican majority in both Houses.
Congress has not yet agreed on how to reform the immigration system, but the president has decided to ignore the Constitution and alter the law without new statutes. This is a slap in the face of the American people, who voted on November 4th to change the way Washington operates.
Attorney General Mark Herring issued an opinion today concluding that Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainer requests seek voluntary action by sheriffs, corrections staff, and jail authorities, and, as such, cannot be used to deny someone their liberty.
Virginia representatives will join more than 5,000 Farm Bureau members from across the nation in helping shape policies important to farmers and ranchers Jan. 11-14 at the 2015 American Farm Bureau Federation Annual Convention.
Due to Senate inaction, Congress was forced at the last minute to take steps to fund the government through the current fiscal year, which ends on September 30, 2015.