We believe that federal legislation to broadly reform immigration policy must include a clear and timely path to citizenship for those that would qualify, boosting the economy of Virginia and the U.S. We cannot persist in a segregated society where some have rights, but too many do not. As a practical matter in Virginia, we need to make sure that persons that are authorized or lawfully present in the United States are treated fairly. They must have access to education and we must encourage them to become citizens with both the responsibility and the opportunity to vote. We need to make sure that residents with or without authorization have an opportunity to work in a safe environment and that they are not abused as a result of their undocumented status. Finally, if they travel from place to place in the Commonwealth we must make it easier for them to be responsible drivers by making drivers licenses and insurance available for them to purchase as this will make the roads safer for all Virginians.
We work in coalition with the Virginia Coalition of Latino Organizations (VACOLAO) and serve as the fiscal agent for the Virginia Coalition for Immigrant Rights (VACIR).