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A Step Forward In the Fight Against Warrantless ICE Detainer Requests

BLOG: Today, we applaud the Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office for their decisive action and for recognizing the critical importance of fostering trust between immigrant communities and local law enforcement. read more »

Baluarte: 3 questions for the ACLU

OP ED: David Baluarte, a clinical professor of law at Washington and Lee Law School, recently joined the Board of Directors of the American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia. The Roanoke Times had these questions for him. read more »

Liberty and Justice for All – The Civil Rights Case Against Immigration Detainers

(08/11/2014) Responding to a tip, the Allentown Pennsylvania Police Department raided a construction worksite and arrested Ernesto Garza, a construction worker. The tip alleged that Mr. Galarza and others used the worksite to sell drugs. Mr. Galarza was found innocent of these charges. Unfortunately, it’s not just our failed “War on Drugs” that harmed Mr. Galarza, his arrest also brought him face to face with our broken immigration enforcement system. read more »

ICE Asks Sheriffs to Ignore Due Process – The Answer Should be No

(07/17/2014) The Obama administration has deported two million people since taking office. Whether that strikes you as good news or bad news, the fact is that everyone in America has a right under the Constitution to due process of law. read more »

It’s the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act . . . and Discrimination Persists

(07/02/2014) Fifty years ago today, President Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 into law. The landmark legislation outlawed discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin in the workplace and public accommodations (such as restaurants, hotels, and places for entertainment), ended unequal application of voter registration requirements, and prohibited segregation in public schools. read more »

Questions About In-State Tuition for DACA Students in Virginia? Join our #LibertyChatVA

(05/06/2014) Last week, Attorney General Mark Herring announced that students who qualify for deferred action under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and meet other criteria generally applicable to all students can qualify for in-state tuition rates at Virginia’s public colleges and universities. read more »

The Washington Post Supports Bringing Tuition Equity to Virginia!

(02/05/2014) We have long argued tuition equity would bring economic benefits to the Commonwealth and yesterday the Washington Post agreed. read more »

Big Vote Today to Bring Tuition Equity to Virginia

(01/28/2014) Today we are testifying in support of three bills that would bring tuition equality to Virginia. Each of the three bills would allow for students granted deferred action under the Department of Homeland Security’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program the ability to apply for in-state tuition... read more »

Equality in Education

(12/16/2013) This time of the year can be a tumultuous roller-coaster ride of emotions for Virginia’s high school seniors. Many are waiting with equal parts anxiety and excitement for word from colleges about admissions decisions; others are planning their first day of work after graduation. But, for one group of Virginia seniors, this time of the year can bring a different set of feelings – isolation and despair. read more »

Not Just a Number

(11/27/2013) They watched their city of Cochabamba, Bolivia, their family, and their close friends fade away in the rear view mirror of their car; they could only hope that perhaps one day they would be reunited. They boarded a bus bound to Mexico, from which the most difficult part of the journey would take place. Having packed lightly, given the arduous trek between the Mexican-US borders, they took with them only what they could carry. read more »

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