We urge all AILA members to take the following steps:

February 1, 2017 § Leave a comment

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URGENT CALL TO ACTION: Virginia Legislation
Senator Richard H. Black recently introduced SB1592 seeking to restrict the jurisdiction of Virginia’s juvenile and domestic relations courts. In short, the bill strips the courts of jurisdiction over juveniles not lawfully present in the United States. If passed, this bill will essentially eliminate all Special Immigration Juvenile cases in Virginia.
This bill is presently in the Senate Courts of Justice Committee and is likely to be heard on Wednesday, February 1st. As of Friday the bill was not scheduled to be heard in today’s Committee session.
We urge all AILA members to take the following steps:
Contact your representatives to express the devastating effect this bill will have on children and families.
Contact the Committee members (a chart listing the Committee members is below);
Reach out to others in the immigrant community; and
Attend the Committee meeting on Wednesday.
We know that not everyone will be able to attend the Committee Meeting, but at a minimum everyone can take 5 minutes to contact their representatives and the Committee members.
In addition to the SB1592, there are two other problematic bills pending.
HB2001 Requires the governing board and each employee of each public institution of higher education to cooperate in the enforcement of federal law by U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement on the institution’s campus, in any noncampus building or property, and on public property, as such terms are defined in relevant state law.
HB2004Requires the annual executive summary submitted by the governing board of each public institution of higher education to the General Assembly and the Governor to indicate the number of undergraduate students enrolled full time who are not citizens of the United States and the number of such students who receive annual financial assistance to attend such institution in an amount greater than 25 percent of the total annual cost of full-time undergraduate Virginia student tuition and room and board.
Members of Senate Courts of Justice Committee:
SENATE COURTS OF JUSTICE COMMITTEE
Mark Obenshain (Chair)
district26@senate.virginia.gov
804-698-7526
Richard Saslaw
district35@senate.virginia.gov
804-698-7535
Thomas Norment
district03@senate.virginia.gov
804-698-7503
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Janet Howell
district32@senate.virginia.gov
804-698-7532
Louise Lucas
district18@senate.virginia.gov
804-698-7518
John Edwards
district21@senate.virginia.gov
804-698-7521
Ryan McDougle
district04@senate.virginia.gov
804-698-7504
Richard Stuart
district28@senate.virginia.gov
804-698-7528
William Stanley
district20@senate.virginia.gov
804-698-7520
Bryce Reeves
district17@senate.virginia.gov
804-698-7517
Benton “Ben” Chafin
district38@senate.virginia.gov
804-698-7538
Creigh Deeds
district25@senate.virginia.gov
804-698-7525
Glen Sturtevant
district10@senate.virginia.gov
804-698-7510
Chapman Petersen
district34@senate.virginia.gov
804-698-7534
Mark Peake
district22@senate.virginia.gov
804-698-7522

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