Photosynthesis » ACLU-VA Immigrants Rights’s Portfolio

14 bills are being tracked.

Temporary driver's licenses, permits, etc.; DMV authorized to issue to certain aliens. (HB1419)

Patron: Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church)
Status: failed committee

ACLU-VA supports expansion of driving privileges to all residents of the Commonwealth regardless of immigration or refugee status. Roads are safer when drivers have a means to acquire legal driving privileges. We should welcome newcomers and extend public services such as driving privileges, social services, and educational opportunities to all who call Virginia home.

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Incarcerated persons, certain; compliance with detainers, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. (HB1468)

Patron: Del. Bob Marshall (R-Manassas)
Status: vetoed by governor

ACLU-VA strongly opposes this unconstitutional, confusing "message" bill. Virginia already has some of the toughest laws regarding compliance with federal immigration law. Everyone's status is check when arrested and there is a presumption against bail for immigrants with detainers who have been accused of serious crimes. As well, federal courts have already declared that, absent a criminal warrant, people cannot be held in local jails for violation of civil immigration law. This bill also creates a conflict between a judge's order to release someone on bond for a minor crime and the local jail official's refusal to release that person except to federal officials. It is not the job of sheriffs and jail officials to enforce immigration law.

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Procedure when aliens convicted of certain felonies; forms. (HB1560)

Patron: Del. Paul Krizek (D-Alexandria)
Status: signed by governor

ACLU-VA is monitoring this bill as a potential "vehicle" bill

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Temporary driver's licenses; eligibility. (HB1682)

Patron: Del. Rob Bloxom (R-Accomack)
Status: failed committee

ACLU-VA supports expansion of driving privileges to all residents of the Commonwealth regardless of immigration or refugee status. Roads are safer when drivers have a means to acquire legal driving privileges. We should welcome newcomers and extend public services such as driving privileges, social services, and educational opportunities to all who call Virginia home.

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Resettlement of refugees; notice to localities, the Sec. of the Commonwealth, and General Assembly. (HB1723)

Patron: Del. Rich Anderson (R-Woodbridge)
Status: failed committee

ACLU-VA strongly opposes this bill. Refugees undergo strict screening by Homeland Security and the FBI before resettling to this country. Publicly notifying local politicians of exactly when and where they are resettled is to mark an already vulnerable population for unconstitutional intimidation and harassment. As well, Virginia is constitutionally preempted from imposing additional standards on federal agencies, their contractors, or their public or private subsidiaries. This bill would mandate action by federal service providers - something Virginia does not have the power to do.

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Tuition, in-state; eligibility, certain individuals who have applied for permanent residency, etc. (HB1857)

Patron: Del. Alfonso Lopez (D-Arlington)
Status: failed committee

ACLU-VA supports this bill. Virginia should welcome newcomers and extend public services such as access to higher education, driving privileges, and social services to all who call Virginia home.

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Issuance of temporary licenses, permits, or special identification cards; requirements. (HB1866)

Patron: Del. Alfonso Lopez (D-Arlington)
Status: failed committee

ACLU-VA supports expansion of driving privileges to all residents of the Commonwealth regardless of immigration or refugee status. Roads are safer when drivers have a means to acquire legal driving privileges. We should welcome newcomers and extend public services such as driving privileges, social services, and educational opportunities to all who call Virginia home.

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Sanctuary policies; prohibited. (HB2000)

Patron: Del. Charles Poindexter (R-Glade Hill)
Status: vetoed by governor

ACLU-VA strongly opposes this bill. Virginia already has some of the strictest laws pertaining to enforcement of federal immigration laws, including status checks for everyone arrested and presumption against bail if there is a detainer placed on an immigrant accused of violent crimes. These type of bills could have an unintended reverse effect of making our communities less safe by forcing local police to void "don't ask" policies relating to crime victims and witnesses in the immigrant community. Virginia should welcome newcomers and promote cooperation between immigrants and local police - not create fear of detention and removal for coming forward to report crimes.

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Higher educational institutions; immigration enforcement. (HB2001)

Patron: Del. Charles Poindexter (R-Glade Hill)
Status: failed committee

ACLU-VA strongly opposes this bill. University staff and instructors are there to teach, not enforce federal immigration law. The bill is vague as to what university officials should do to "cooperate" with immigration enforcement. Such cooperation could violate federal and state laws meant to protect student's privacy.

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Refugee and immigrant resettlements; reports to Department of Social Services. (HB2002)

Patron: Del. Charles Poindexter (R-Glade Hill)
Status: vetoed by governor

ACLU-VA strongly opposes this bill. Refugees undergo strict screening by Homeland Security and the FBI before resettling to this country. Virginia is constitutionally preempted from imposing additional standards on federal agencies, their contractors, or their public or private subsidiaries. This bill would mandate action by federal service providers - something Virginia does not have the power to do.

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Temporary driver's licenses, permits, or special identification cards; requirements for issuance. (HB2020)

Patron: Del. Ron Villanueva (R-Virginia Beach)
Status: failed committee

ACLU-VA supports expansion of driving privileges to all residents of the Commonwealth regardless of immigration or refugee status. Roads are safer when drivers have a means to acquire legal driving privileges. We should welcome newcomers and extend public services such as driving privileges, social services, and educational opportunities to all who call Virginia home.

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Sanctuary policies; enforcement of federal immigration laws (HB2236)

Patron: Del. Ben Cline (R-Amherst)
Status: failed committee

ACLU-VA strongly opposes this bill. Virginia already has some of the strictest laws pertaining to enforcement of federal immigration laws, including status checks for everyone arrested and presumption against bail if there is a detainer placed on an immigrant accused of violent crimes. These type of bills could have an unintended reverse effect of making our communities less safe by forcing local police to void "don't ask" policies relating to crime victims and witnesses in the immigrant community. Virginia should welcome newcomers and promote cooperation between immigrants and local police - not create fear of detention and removal for coming forward to report crimes.

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Sanctuary cities; liability for certain injuries and damages caused by an illegal alien. (SB1262)

Patron: Sen. Dick Black (R-Leesburg)
Status: failed committee

ACLU-VA opposes this bill. Virginia already has some of the strictest laws in the nation regarding local compliance of federal immigration laws. This bill does nothing except to expose localities to liability for the actions of a private individual, setting a dangerous precedence under tort law.

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Driver privilege cards; issuance of new cards by DMV. (SB1345)

Patron: Sen. Scott Surovell (D-Mount Vernon)
Status: failed committee

ACLU-VA supports expansion of driving privileges to all residents of the Commonwealth regardless of immigration or refugee status. Roads are safer when drivers have a means to acquire legal driving privileges. We should welcome newcomers and extend public services such as driving privileges, social services, and educational opportunities to all who call Virginia home.

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