Thursday News: Britain Votes on “Brexit;” “Kaine rises to top of Clinton’s...

Thursday News: Britain Votes on “Brexit;” “Kaine rises to top of Clinton’s veep list”


by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Thursday, June 23. Also, check out David Gergen slamming Donald Trump’s speech as “slanderous” and totally false.

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    Rep. Gerry Connolly: “The violence must end. In the wake of these almost weekly tragedies, the response from Congress is as predictable as it is disappointing. We offer our thoughts and prayers. We hold a moment of silence; anything to distract from the central cause, and common instrument, of these crimes. How many more must die before Congress acts?

    Today, I was proud to join Rep. John Lewis and House Democrats to once again call on Speaker Ryan to bring up a vote on the No Guns for Terrorists bill. Instead of acting, the House Majority decided to shut off the cameras to the People’s House. “

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    One of my favorite threads about the house floor protest – You may have already linked this:

    The only publicity stunt I see is what GOP (and tea party) has perpetuated since before President Obama stepped foot into the WH; the pretense of governance.

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    Video: Cleveland Park Flooding Time Lapse – June 21, 2016

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    Prominent, Bipartisan Group of Business Leaders Endorse Hillary Clinton for President

    ~After speech Wednesday outlining forward-looking vision for the economy~

    The following business leaders are announcing their support for Hillary Clinton for President today. These leaders believe that we are stronger together, and that Hillary is the best candidate to help build an economy that works for everyone.

    Our campaign continues to hear from a wide range of business leaders like these from around the country who believe Hillary Clinton understands the complex world we live in and is proposing serious solutions. We expect to make additional announcements about the broad support for Hillary’s campaign for president as the campaign continues.

    The following business leaders are endorsing Hillary Clinton today:
    Miki Agrawal, Founder and CEO of Thinx
    Dan Akerson, Former Chairman and CEO of General Motors
    Richard Anderson, Executive Chairman, Delta Air Lines, Inc.
    Stewart Bainum Jr., Chairman of Choice Hotels International
    James Bell, Former Interim CEO of Boeing; Former Corporate President and CFO of Boeing
    Marc Benioff, Chairman and CEO of Salesforce
    Nathan Blecharczyk, Co-Founder and CTO of Airbnb
    Jeff Brotman, Co-Founder and Chairman of Costco Wholesale Corporation
    Warren E. Buffett, Chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, Inc.
    Robert Burt, Retired Chairman, CEO FMC Corporation; Former Chairman Business Roundtable
    Ron Busby, President and CEO of the U.S. Black Chambers
    Brook Byers, Partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
    Peter Chernin, CEO, The Chernin Group
    Brian Chesky, Co-Founder and CEO of Airbnb
    Jim Cicconi, Senior Executive Vice President, AT&T Services, Inc.
    David Crane, Former CEO of NRG Energy, Inc.
    Erroll Davis, Retired Chancellor, University System of Georgia
    Barry Diller, Chairman and Senior Executive of IAC and Expedia
    John Doerr, Partner at Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield, and Byers
    Margot Dorfman, President and CEO of U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce
    Candy Ergen, Co-Founder, DISH Network
    Joe Gebbia, Co-Founder and CPO of Airbnb
    Reed Hastings, Founder and CEO of Netflix
    Reid Hoffman, Partner at Greylock
    Drew Houston, Founder and CEO of Dropbox
    George Hume, President and CEO of Basic American Foods
    Irwin Jacobs, Founding Chairman and CEO Emeritus of Qualcomm
    Paul Jacobs, Executive Chairman, Qualcomm
    Leila Janah, Founder and CEO of Sama and Laxmi
    Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Chairman and CEO, Magic Johnson Enterprises
    Robert Johnson, Chairman, The RLJ Companies and Founder of Black Entertainment Television
    Andrea Jung, CEO of Grameen America, and Former CEO of Avon
    Lynn Jurich, CEO and Co-Founder of Sunrun
    David Karp, Founder and CEO of Tumblr
    Ellen Kullman, Former Chair and CEO of DuPont
    Debra Lee, Chairman and CEO of Black Entertainment Television
    Ted Leonsis, Founder and CEO of Monumental Sports & Entertainment
    Aaron Levie, Co-Founder and CEO of Box
    Peter Lowy, CEO of Westfield
    Monica Lozano, Former Chairman and CEO, U.S. Hispanic Media
    Rob Marcus, Former Chairman and CEO Time Warner Cable Inc.
    William L. McComb, CEO (retired) of Liz Claiborne & Fifth and Pacific Companies, Inc.
    Rebecca Minkoff, Founder of Rebecca Minkoff
    Hamid R. Moghadam, Chairman and CEO of Prologis
    James J. Murren, Chairman and CEO, MGM Resorts International and Chairman, MGM Growth Properties
    Charles Phillips, CEO of Infor
    Mark Pincus, Co-Founder of Zynga
    Laura M. Ricketts, Co-Owner, Chicago Cubs
    Gary Rodkin, CEO (retired) of ConAgra Foods
    Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer of Facebook
    Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman of Alphabet
    Jim Sinegal, Co-Founder, Director and former CEO of Costco
    Jeremy Stoppelman, CEO and Co-Founder, Yelp
    Walter Ulloa, Chairman and CEO, Entravision Communications
    Wendell P. Weeks, Chairman of the Board, CEO and President, Corning Incorporated
    Anne Wojcicki, CEO and Co-Founder, 23andme
    The individuals listed herein have endorsed in their personal capacity and this does not reflect the endorsement of any organization, corporation or entity to which they are affiliated. Titles and affiliations of each individual are provided for identification purposes only.

    Here are comments from several of the individuals who are endorsing:

    “Since my time at the Naval Academy and service in the Navy, I have consistently voted for Republicans for President. Serving as the leader of the free world requires effective leadership, sound judgment, a steady hand and most importantly, the temperament to deal with crises large and small. Donald Trump lacks each of these characteristics. Hillary Clinton has the experience and judgment to serve as an effective Commander in Chief. In this election, I will cast my ballot for Secretary Clinton.”
    – Dan Akerson, Former Chairman and CEO of General Motors, Former CEO of Nextel, and Former Chairman and CEO of General Instrument. Mr. Akerson earlier served as a Surface Warfare Officer in the United States Navy.

    “Hillary Clinton has a proven track record of fighting for families and communities. She knows what it takes to create jobs. And she won’t endanger our future with risky policies.”
    – Stewart Bainum Jr., Chairman of the Board of Choice Hotels International

    “The U.S. Black Chambers, Inc. was one of the first Black organizations to support Hillary Clinton in the early stages, when it was deemed too early to publicly endorse her campaign. We said then that we believe she is the best candidate with the best understanding of the economic challenges facing Black business owners and small business owners across the board. Her ability to address the lack of capital and contracts in the Black business community will help decrease unemployment issues in our community.

    In order for there to be a strong America you must have a strong Black America and in order to have a strong Black America, you must have strong Black businesses and the USBC feels Secretary Clinton will work to ensure that we have strong Black businesses.”
    – Ron Busby, President and CEO of the U.S. Black Chambers

    “I’ve supported every Republican Presidential candidate since 1976, and was honored to work for two of them. But this year I think it’s vital to put our country’s wellbeing ahead of party. Hillary Clinton is experienced, qualified, and will make a fine President. The alternative, I fear, would set our Nation on a very dark path.”
    – Jim Cicconi, Senior Executive Vice President, AT&T Services, Inc.

    “Hillary Clinton not only understands what we need to do here at home in order to succeed, but her service as Secretary of State has given her an important fluency in international politics and the global economy. Her ability to work with other democratic leaders stands in stark contrast to Donald Trump’s continued praise of authoritarian figures and support for dangerous and erratic policies. She has the temperament and experience to lead this country – and she is ready to be our next President.”
    – Erroll Davis, Retired Chancellor, University System of Georgia

    “I have seen first-hand the struggles of Americans who are working hard, providing valuable productivity and innovation but, due to an economic system that fails to reward all who contribute, are struggling to get ahead and support their families. America needs our next President to be a confident and experienced leader with the vision, temperament, capability and plan to unleash the economic power of American workers and small businesses to build an economy that works for and rewards everyone.

    I personally support Hillary Clinton for President because she is not just a candidate who says she will help build an economy that works for everyone; she knows how to do it and has the leadership, vision, temperament and capability to get it done.”
    – Margot Dorfman, President and CEO of U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce

    “Trump would destroy much of what is great about America. Hillary Clinton is the strong leader we need, and it’s important that Trump lose by a landslide to reject what he stands for.”
    – Reed Hastings, CEO and Co-Founder of Netflix

    “Amongst the key qualities of any serious candidate for President of the United States is a keen understanding of the global economy, and the ideas and will to implement policies at home that improve the livelihood of all Americans. As an experienced entrepreneur and business person, I can say that Hillary is the candidate who best ensures the future of American prosperity.”
    – Reid Hoffman, Partner at Greylock

    “Hillary Clinton can effectively run every aspect of the position as President and Commander in Chief of the United States. Her decisiveness, pragmatism and calm demeanor stand in absolute contrast to Trump. Throughout her career, Hillary Clinton has demonstrated her commitment to America and will continue to advance this country and implement effective policies to grow the economy.”
    -Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Chairman and CEO of Magic Johnson Enterprises

    “As an African American businessman, I am convinced that my longtime friend Hillary Clinton will ensure through both government policy and the bully pulpit of her Presidency that African Americans, both entrepreneurs and working class minorities, have a significant role to play in benefitting through jobs and access to capital in growing the U.S. economy. Her reputation and experience speaks for itself and she is totally committed to the belief that the U.S. economy works best when the diversity of Americans join in to work for the best in America.”
    – Robert L. Johnson, Chairman, The RLJ Companies and Founder of Black Entertainment Television

    “Hillary Clinton is the most eminently qualified candidate to be the next President of our country. She has been a tireless advocate for working families, and has outlined effective policies to raise incomes, expand opportunity and strengthen our economy.”
    -Andrea Jung, CEO of Grameen America and Former CEO of Avon

    “I’m proud to support Hillary Clinton for President. Hillary’s commitment to clean energy is critical in solving today’s climate challenge. Our infrastructure is aging and Hillary understands that now is the time to build a modern energy infrastructure and create jobs with clean, affordable solar at the home.”
    – Lynn Jurich, CEO and Co-Founder of Sunrun

    “The decision we make in this election will impact America’s economic competitiveness for decades to come. I’ll be voting for Hillary this fall, because America needs a leader who will foster an economy built on innovation, diversity, intelligent immigration policy, and a progressive way of thinking.”
    – Aaron Levie, Co-Founder and CEO, Box.

    “As an immigrant from post-revolutionary Iran in the late 1970s, I have experienced first hand the opportunities that America offers its citizens. Our country is about tolerance and inclusion and that’s why, as a lifelong Republican supporter, I endorse Hillary Clinton for President in this election.”
    – Hamid R. Moghadam, Chairman and CEO of Prologis

    “Donald Trump has failed to put forth concrete and realistic policies to help the American people and grow the economy. Our President must care about the success of the country as a whole – not just himself. Hillary Clinton has a proven record of fighting for the American people, dating back to the beginning of her career at the Children’s Defense Fund. The American people need an advocate, not an opportunist.”
    – Mark Pincus, Co-Founder of Zynga

    “I have worked with Secretary Clinton for two decades, and she is uniquely qualified to be President. She has the experience, the insight, the policies and the strength to lead our great country.”
    – Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman of Alphabet

    “This election is much too important to sit on the sidelines.”
    – Jim Sinegal, Co-Founder, Director and Former CEO of Costco

    “Hillary is a strong, experienced leader who will move America forward. She understands businesses such as Entravision, which employs over a thousand people and serves communities across the country. As President, she will grow our economy, create jobs and strengthen our country.”
    – Walter F. Ulloa, Chairman and CEO, Entravision Communications Corporation

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    Reps. Bobby Scott, Gerry Connolly protest gun violence

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    Richmond, Va.—Virginia Organizing Chairperson Ladelle McWhorter issued the following in response to the U.S. Supreme Court 4-4 tie decision in United States v. Texas:

    “Virginia Organizing is heartbroken for the immigrant families who will not have an opportunity for relief under the extended DACA and DAPA programs. We will continue to organize for comprehensive immigration reform and stand with those families being torn apart by outdated and unjust immigration policies that Congress refuses to act on. We urge Congress to stop deportations that rip families apart while we fix our broken immigration system.

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    Hillary Clinton Statement on Texas v. United States

    Today, following the Supreme Court’s deadlocked decision in Texas v. United States, Hillary Clinton issued the following statement:

    “Today’s deadlocked decision from the Supreme Court is unacceptable, and show us all just how high the stakes are in this election. As I have consistently said, I believe that President Obama acted well within his constitutional and legal authority in issuing the DAPA and DACA executive actions. These are our friends and family members; neighbors and classmates; DREAMers and parents of Americans and lawful permanent residents. They enrich our communities and contribute to our economy every day. We should be doing everything possible under the law to provide them relief from the specter of deportation.

    “Today’s decision by the Supreme Court is purely procedural and casts no doubt on the fact that DAPA and DACA are entirely within the President’s legal authority. But in addition to throwing millions of families across our country into a state of uncertainty, this decision reminds us how much damage Senate Republicans are doing by refusing to consider President Obama’s nominee to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court. Our families and our country need and deserve a full bench, and Senate Republicans need to stop playing political games with our democracy and give Judge Merrick Garland a fair hearing and vote.

    “This decision is also a stark reminder of the harm Donald Trump would do to our families, our communities, and our country. Trump has pledged to repeal President Obama’s executive actions on his first day in office. He has called Mexican immigrants ‘rapists’ and ‘murderers.’ He has called for creating a deportation force” to tear 11 million people away from their families and their homes.

    “I believe we are stronger together. When we embrace immigrants, not denigrate them. When we build bridges, not walls. That is why, as president, I will continue to defend DAPA and DACA, and do everything possible under the law to go further to protect families. It is also why I will introduce comprehensive immigration reform with a path to citizenship within my first 100 days. Because when families are strong—America is strong.”

    Las declaraciones de Hillary Clinton sobre Texas versus Estados Unidos

    Hillary Clinton publicó las siguientes declaraciones luego de la decisión dividida en el caso Texas vs. Estados Unidos:

    “La inhabilidad de la Corte Suprema de llegar a una decisión en el caso Texas vs. Estados Unidos hoy es inaceptable y nos confirma la importancia de esta elección. Como he dicho consistentemente, creo que el presidente Obama actuó adecuadamente dentro de su autoridad legal y constitucional al emitir las acciones ejecutivas DAPA y DACA. Estos son nuestros amigos y familiares, vecinos y compañeros de clase; DREAMers y padres de residentes permanentes legales. Ellos enriquecen nuestras comunidades y contribuyen a la economía todos los días. Debemos hacer todo lo posible bajo la Ley para proveerles alivio de la sombras de la deportación.

    “La decisión de hoy de la Corte Suprema es puramente procesal y no deja ninguna duda del hecho que DAPA y DACA están totalmente bajo la autoridad legal del presidente. Pero en lugar de echar a millones de familias a través de todo el país en un estado de incertidumbre, esta decisión nos recuerda cuánto daño los senadores republicanos están haciendo al rehusar considerar nombrar la vacante del presidente Obama a la Corte Suprema. Nuestras familias y nuestro país necesitan y merecen que se nombre esa vacante y los senadores republicanos tienen que parar de seguir estos juegos políticos con nuestra democracia y darle al juez Merrick Garland una audiencia justa y un voto.

    “Esta decisión representa más evidencia de cuánto daño Donald Trump le haría a nuestras familias, nuestras comunidades y nuestro país. Trump se ha comprometido en revocar las acciones ejecutivas del presidente Obama en su primer día de administración. Ha llamado a los inmigrantes mexicanos “violadores” y “asesinos”. Ha enfatizado que creará una “fuerza de deportación” para separar a 11 millones de personas de sus familias y hogares. No podemos permitir un presidente que promueve la intolerancia de esta forma.

    “Creo que somos más fuertes cuando nos unimos, cuando damos la bienvenida a los inmigrantes, no cuando los degradamos; cuando construimos puentes no murallas. Es por esto que, como presidenta, implementaré fielmente DAPA y DACA y haré todo lo posible bajo la Ley para ir más allá y proteger las familias inmigrantes. Es por esto, también, que introduciré una reforma migratoria integral con un camino a la ciudadanía durante los primeros 100 días de mi administración. Porque cuando las familias están fuertes, el país está fuerte”.

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    Hillary Clinton Statement on Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin

    Following today’s Supreme Court decision upholding the University of Texas’ admissions policies, Hillary Clinton issued the following statement:

    “The Supreme Court’s decision today in Fisher v. University of Texas is a win for all Americans. It means that universities can continue to make diversity and inclusion central goals of their admissions processes, and means our college campuses will continue to be places where young adults of all backgrounds can learn from each other.

    “Having a student body with diverse experiences and perspectives breaks down barriers, enriches academia, and prepares our young people to be leaders and citizens in our increasingly diverse country. We need to guarantee that the doors to higher education are open not just to some, but to all—and that we are giving students equal opportunities to succeed and thrive. Today’s Supreme Court decision affirms a basic truth about our country: we are stronger together.”

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    From Sen. Mark Warner


    ~ Deadlocked Supreme Court upholds lower court ruling keeping DAPA and expanded DACA from going into effect ~

    WASHINGTON – Today, following the Supreme Court’s deadlocked decision in United States v. Texas, U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) issued the following statement:

    “It is heartbreaking that Senate Republicans’ refusal to fulfill their constitutional responsibilities in considering the President’s nominee has left the Supreme Court one justice short of the number needed to decide this case. Today, political obstruction needlessly keeps four and a half million people in legal limbo, uncertain whether they can come out of the shadows and remain in the U.S., or continue to face the prospect of having their families torn apart. Friday will mark 100 days since Merrick Garland’s nomination, and today’s decision shows just how important it is for the Senate to consider his qualifications and bring him up for a vote. ”

    A lower court previously blocked the Obama Administration’s expansion of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and the creation of the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) initiative. Because the Court’s justices tied 4-4, the lower court’s ruling remains in effect.

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    Video: President Obama statement on #SCOTUS immigration decision

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    From Rep. Connolly’s office:

    Connolly Statement on 4-4 Supreme Court Ruling on President’s Immigration Executive Actions

    Washington, D.C. – Representative Gerry Connolly (D-VA) released the following statement after the Supreme Court deadlocked 4-4 on the President’s Immigration Executive Actions:

    “Today’s Supreme Court decision is a devastating setback for millions of families across the country, and the 4-4 decision highlights the need to fill the Court’s vacancy immediately. I’ve had the opportunity to meet personally with many DREAMers from Northern Virginia who contribute to the success of our community. These attacks on DACA and DAPA threaten to break up millions of immigrant families and could derail the bright future of our next generation of leaders. Congress must finally act to pass comprehensive immigration reform.”

    Connolly will attend a dinner tomorrow evening with two Northern Virginia DREAMers, Bati Tsogtsaikhan and Max Kim, hosted by The National Korean American Service & Education Consortium (NAKASEC), in Annandale, Virginia. The dinner is part of a nationwide “DAPA Dinners” campaign that invites elected officials to join an immigrant family for a meal to discuss how federal immigration actions impact children, families, and communities.

    Bati Tsogtsaikhan, a DACA recipient from Virginia, came to the U.S. with his parents from Mongolia at the age of 10. His younger brother is a U.S. citizen, and, therefore, his parents are DAPA-eligible. For Bati, DACA has meant having the ability to work legally, drive, and access more affordable tuition. After graduating from George Mason University, he entered the workforce and began a career in finance. In February 2015, he, along with five other “DREAMers,” were invited to the Oval Office to share what DACA meant to them and what the DAPA (Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents) and expanded DACA (DACA+) programs could do for millions of American families.

    Max Kim is a graduating senior at Annandale High School in Annandale, Virginia, and he came to the U.S. when he was five years old. He dreams of one day becoming an entrepreneur in graphic design and to open his own restaurant. He is a strong advocate for immigrant rights including work around the DACA and DAPA programs. Max has submitted his application for DACA.

    When: Friday, June 24, at 6:30 PM
    Where: 7006 Evergreen Court, Suite 200, Annandale, VA 22202

    *The dinner is open to the Media.*

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    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on the Supreme Court’s ruling in United States. v. Texas:

    “The Supreme Court’s split decision on DAPA and DACA is a setback, but the fight to bring millions of families in Virginia and across the country out of the shadows is far from over. President Obama made a lawful and moral decision to ensure law abiding families will not be torn apart because of Congress’ refusal to address our broken immigration system, and I will continue to do everything I can to support this effort.

    ”The tie vote in two rulings today, including this key immigration case, also shows how destructive the Republican blockade on filling the Supreme Court is to the rule of law. Instead of following their Constitutional duty to advise and consent on appointments – the clear statutory command that the Court have nine members and the compelling historical precedent of prompt confirmation hearings – the majority is engaging in a concerted plan to weaken the judicial branch of government. It is a sad day when one branch of government believes it can gain political advantage by undermining another branch. If nothing else, the Republican blockade on the Court should show all Americans what’s truly at stake this November.”

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    Beyer Reacts To Supreme Court Decision Halting Obama Immigration Directives

    June 23, 2016 (Washington, DC) – Congressman Don Beyer released the following statement on today’s Supreme Court ruling in United States v. Texas:

    “Today’s Supreme Court decision halting President Obama’s immigration directives is wrong-headed and short-sighted. I have every confidence that this is a temporary obstacle for these families, but it is nonetheless a heartbreaking one. President Obama’s Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals programs gave hope to peaceful, law-abiding immigrants, many of whom made deep sacrifices to come to the United States to make a better life for their families.“

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    ~ On today’s U.S. Supreme Court rulings ~

    RICHMOND (June 23, 2016)–Attorney General Mark R. Herring issued the following statement today on the U.S. Supreme Court’s decisions in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin and U.S. v. Texas. The Commonwealth of Virginia joined an amicus brief on the prevailing side in Fisher, and a brief in U.S. v. Texas in favor of lifting a lower court’s stay on certain immigration programs. The lower court’s ruling was affirmed by default due to a 4-4 tie created by Senate Republicans’ unprecedented refusal to even consider the President’s Supreme Court nomination.

    “Virginia’s public colleges, universities, and community colleges have been instrumental to the growth and diversification of our economy over the last 40 years, and in providing accomplished students, including those from minority communities and students of modest means, an opportunity to pursue a college education and contribute to our Commonwealth’s growth and success. This decision has provided additional clarity for colleges and universities in Virginia and throughout the country about the tools at their disposal for building inclusive academic communities where opportunity and the benefits of higher education are broadly shared.

    “Unfortunately, we also saw today the dysfunction forced on the Court by Senate Republicans’ obstruction on Judge Garland’s nomination. A 4-4 tie on President Obama’s immigration program leaves millions in limbo, leaves important legal questions unanswered, and puts us no closer to making any improvements to our broken immigration system. Virginia and more than a dozen fellow states joined this case because the President’s targeted, commonsense reforms can offer Virginia real economic, public safety, and social benefits as more workers come out of the shadows, as trust grows between law enforcement and immigrant communities, and as families remain intact. Because of today’s deadlock, millions of children who are either American citizens or lawfully present under the 2012 DACA program will continue to live in fear that a parent could be deported at any time. Millions of hardworking immigrants who have been working, paying taxes, and contributing to their communities for years or decades will remain in the shadows, fearful that they could be torn away from their family at any moment. As the case continues to work its way through the federal court system, our coalition will make the case that these lawful, targeted reforms are the best way forward in the face of inexplicable and prolonged congressional inaction.”