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9 bills are being tracked.

Public schools; impact of student aliens not lawfully present in the United States, report. (HB1328)

Patron: Del. Mark Cole (R-Fredericksburg)
Status: failed committee

The ACLU of Virginia opposes this bill that requires school officials to determine the immigration/citizenship status of all students in violation of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

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Tuition, in-state; students granted Temporary Protected Status, etc. (HB1356)

Patron: Del. David Ramadan (R-South Riding)
Status: failed committee

The ACLU of Virginia opposes legislation that would undermine the ability of DACA students who meet other criteria generally applicable to all students to be eligible to apply for in-state status at Virginia’s public colleges and universities. This legislation singles out a single group of Virginians for discrimination. These students live here, attend Virginia high schools, and pay Virginia taxes; they are Virginians in every meaningful respect. This legislation undermines the basic American principles of fairness, equality, and opportunity. In addition, this legislation will harm the Commonwealth’s economy. The average college graduate pays approximately $2,100 more in Virginia state and local income taxes than someone with a high school degree. Because tuition equity increases the number of college graduates who are likely to remain in Virginia and earn higher wages, our Commonwealth would generate significantly more income, sales, and property taxes.

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Tuition, in-state; students granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. (HB1478)

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

The ACLU of Virginia supports this legislation clarifying that students granted deferred action status can establish domicile and be eligible for in-state tuition.

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Incarcerated persons; transfer to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. (HB2043)

Patron: Del. Rob Bell (R-Charlottesville)
Status: passed

The ACLU of Virginia is monitoring this legislation.

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Driver's licenses, permits, etc.; DMV authorized to issue to certain immigrants. (HB2185)

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

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Driver's licenses, temporary; DMV authorized to issue to undocumented immigrants. (HB2234)

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

The ACLU is monitoring this legislation.

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Tuition, in-state; students granted Temporary Protected Status, etc. (SB722)

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

The ACLU of Virginia opposes legislation that would undermine the ability of DACA students who meet other criteria generally applicable to all students to be eligible to apply for in-state status at Virginia’s public colleges and universities. This legislation singles out a single group of Virginians for discrimination. These students live here, attend Virginia high schools, and pay Virginia taxes; they are Virginians in every meaningful respect. This legislation undermines the basic American principles of fairness, equality, and opportunity. In addition, this legislation will harm the Commonwealth’s economy. The average college graduate pays approximately $2,100 more in Virginia state and local income taxes than someone with a high school degree. Because tuition equity increases the number of college graduates who are likely to remain in Virginia and earn higher wages, our Commonwealth would generate significantly more income, sales, and property taxes.

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Interpreters; appointed for non-English-speaking defendant. (SB1344)

Patron: Sen. Richard Stuart (R-Westmoreland)
Status: failed committee

The ACLU of Virginia opposes this legislation that would require criminal defendants to pay for the services of interpreters who are essential to fair access to the courts. Title VI of the Civil Rights Act requires Virginia's courts as federally funded entities to provide people with limited English proficiency with equal access.

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Incarcerated persons; transfer to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. (SB1361)

Patron: Sen. Ryan McDougle (R-Mechanicsville)
Status: passed

The ACLU of Virginia is monitoring this legislation.

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