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Senate Republicans Continue Overreach, Defeat Virginia Dream Act


Apparently, despite the drubbing they took in November, Virginia Republicans STILL aren’t interested in the Latino vote. At least, they’re not interested in the Latino vote if it means they have to stop their demonization of human beings they so tactfully and compassionately call “illegals.” Instead, Republicans’ idea of a “dream” is more what we’d call a “nightmare,” at least if you’re not super rich, a big corporation, a polluter, etc.

P.S. The following statement is from the Virginia Senate Democratic Caucus.

Republican Senators keep pushing a backward agenda that Virginia voters have repeatedly rejected

RICHMOND, VA – Today, Senate Republicans defeated the Virginia Dream Act, which would give young people with deferred action status in-state tuition at Virginia’s public colleges. The bill, SB 1090, was rejected by the Senate Education and Health Committee on a party-line vote of 8 to 7.

Senator Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria) said, “I’m disappointed that Republicans rejected an opportunity to provide the most basic chance to promising young people to further their education and become valuable contributors to their communities and the Virginia economy.”

Senator A. Donald McEachin (D-Henrico) said, “I think it sends a very unfortunate message that Virginia isn’t ready for prime time yet when it comes to fair treatment of its children. I’m disappointed that it broke down along party lines, and I’m sad that the GOP hasn’t yet opened up its heart to all of our children.”

  • Virginia DREAM Act Passed by Full House Education Committee

    Referred to Committee on Appropriations

    (Richmond, VA) A bill to allow undocumented students a chance to earn in-state tuition was passed by the full Education Committee of the Virginia House of Delegates. This is the farthest this legislation has ever gotten in the Virginia House of Delegates.  Despite efforts to refer the bill to the Appropriations Committee without reporting, the Committee rejected that motion and reported the bill before sending it to the Appropriations Committee. The Committee recommended reporting and referring by a bipartisan vote of 17-4.

    “This is a major victory for Virginia’s immigrant community” said Delegate Alfonso Lopez (D-Arlington). “The Education Committee has endorsed this proposal and sent it to the Appropriations Committee to address any fiscal concerns. However, with such a negligible fiscal impact expected from this legislation, I am hopeful that the Appropriations Committee will approve the bill and send it to the Floor of the House of Delegates.”

    Delegate Lopez continued, “Virginia has already made a tremendous investment in the primary and secondary education of undocumented students. Allowing them the opportunity to earn in-state tuition for higher education will ensure that Virginia keeps its best and the brightest students so that they can continue to contribute to the Commonwealth. This is not just the right thing to do for these students who are here at no fault of their own, but the right thing to do for economic growth in Virginia.”