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by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Thursday, September 7.

  • Perseus1986

    Comstock supports the recinding of DACA

    again with the “Obama overstepped…” narrative that it seems like Republicans just thought about 2 days before the Trump ruling when it appeared he might rescind it.

    Meanwhile, Iowa Rep. Steve King said that DACA recipients should be sent back to their countries of birth as Peace Corps Volunteers…

  • From Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s office:

    Eleven Governors Urge Congress to Take Immediate Action to Protect DREAMers

    Richmond – Eleven Governors from across the nation sent a letter today to leaders in congress urging them to take immediate action to protect young people threatened with deportation following President Trump’s decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

    The letter urges congress to recognize the contributions that nearly 800,000 DREAMers make to state economies and communities, and urges leaders to pass legislation preventing the Trump administration from deporting them. The full text of the letter is below:

    September 7, 2017

    Dear Majority Leader McConnell, Minority Leader Schumer, Speaker Ryan, and Minority Leader Pelosi:

    We urge you to take immediate action and pass legislation that will provide an opportunity for young adults who are subject to the policy directive issued by President Obama on June 2012; the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA), to remain in the United States before the program fully expires on March 5, 2018.

    The action President Trump has taken to rescind the DACA program is not an answer to our nation’s ongoing need for permanent and comprehensive immigration reform. The nearly 800,000 DACA-recipients, who are currently working in the United States or attending a university or college, should not be penalized for the gridlock in Washington that has blocked real solutions from moving forward. They are hard-working individuals who are contributing to their communities, paying taxes, and in, in many cases, even serving in the U.S. military.

    Rescinding DACA will not only put these young people in limbo, it will also harm businesses in our states who have hired, trained and invested in them.

    DACA recipients must reapply every two years, and must show that they have not been convicted of a felony, certain significant misdemeanors, or three or more misdemeanors of any kind. They must pass background and fingerprint checks, and pay a fee of $495. If approved, they are given work permits to be able to sustain themselves and in many cases their families without fear of deportation. They are not violent criminals but instead hard working young people, who were brought to the United States as young children.

    We are a nation of laws, but we are also a nation of immigrants, compassion and common sense. We strongly urge you to work together to take immediate action to ensure that these young people can continue to live, work and contribute to the country they have called home for most of their lives.


    Governor Terry McAuliffe

    Governor John Carney Jr.

    Governor John Hickenlooper

    Governor Jay Inslee

    Governor Mark Dayton

    Governor Gina Raimondo
    Rhode Island

    Governor Dannel Malloy

    Governor Roy Cooper
    North Carolina

    Governor Kate Brown

    Governor David Ige

    Governor Steve Bullock


    ~ Attorney General Herring had previously urged Sec. DeVos to maintain DOE’s commitment, consult with survivors and AGs on any policy changes ~

    RICHMOND (September 7, 2017) – Attorney General Mark R. Herring today urged U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to maintain the Department of Education’s level of commitment to combating campus sexual violence and ensuring justice for survivors in any re-write of the Department’s guidance on campus sexual violence. During an event in Virginia this morning, Sec. DeVos announced that she intends to begin the process of rewriting guidelines dealing with campus sexual violence.

    “Our students and schools count on the Department of Education to be a partner in ensuring our campuses are safe, welcoming learning environments for everyone, but today there are no doubt thousands of survivors and young people who are rightfully concerned about what this re-write will mean for them, their safety, and their pursuit of justice following an act of sexual violence,” said Attorney General Herring. “As I wrote Secretary DeVos in July, my colleagues and I would welcome the opportunity to share our experience and expertise during this process, so long as we are working towards a system that meets the true needs of our students and campus communities. It is critical that the voice of survivors is heard and their needs are kept central to the mission, and Secretary DeVos must be very wary of those who perpetuate an antiquated and unacceptable belief that survivors simply fabricate claims of sexual violence with regularity.

    “I’m proud of the work Governor McAuliffe, our colleges and universities, and I have done in Virginia to prevent campus sexual violence, ensure just and fair outcomes, and turn the page on a time when this crime was not treated with the seriousness it deserves. A new generation of students, administrators, university leaders, and allies have made their voices heard and rightly demanded that we do better. We will not give up our hard-won progress.”

    Studies show that incidents of sexual assault on college campuses are widespread. The U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Statistics found that, on average, 20.5 percent of college women had experienced sexual assault since entering college, while the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that one in five women experienced sexual assault in their lifetimes. Moreover, the vast majority of these incidents go unreported.

    In July, Attorney General Herring and 19 of his fellow state attorneys general wrote to Sec. DeVos urging her to maintain the Department of Education’s commitment to preventing campus sexual violence, and to engage attorneys general in the process if she wanted to make changes or improvements to the system. The letter was prompted by reports that the Department was planning to step back from its recent work to help universities prevent and respond appropriately to reports of sexual violence.

    Attorney General Herring worked with Virginia’s colleges and universities, victim advocates, students and law enforcement to improve the way the Commonwealth works to prevent and respond to sexual violence while chairing Gov. McAuliffe’s Task Force on Combating Campus Sexual Violence, which spent more than six months developing policy recommendations in five areas:

    Engaging Our Campuses and Communities in Comprehensive Prevention
    Minimizing Barriers to Reporting
    Cultivating a Coordinated and Trauma-Informed Response:
    Sustaining and Improving Campus Policies and Ensuring Compliance
    Institutionalizing the Work of the Task Force and Fostering Ongoing Collaborations

  • The Virginia Police Benevolent Association Endorses Justin Fairfax for Lieutenant Governor

    ARLINGTON, Virginia– Today, the Virginia Police Benevolent Association (VPBA) endorsed Justin Fairfax for Lieutenant Governor. The VPBA is a Virginia chapter of the Southern States Police Benevolent Association, which has 45,000 law enforcement officers nationwide and is considered “the voice of law enforcement.”

    “We are proud to support Justin Fairfax for Lieutenant Governor of Virginia. As a former federal prosecutor who has family members in law enforcement, Justin respects and appreciates those in law enforcement and their service to the community. We are confident that Justin will fight for the people of Virginia and make public safety a priority throughout the Commonwealth. We look forward to working with him as lieutenant governor.”

    -Virginia Police Benevolent Association President Joe Woloszyn

    Upon receiving the endorsement, Justin Fairfax made this statement:

    “I am proud to have the endorsement of the Virginia Police Benevolent Association. Virginia PBA represents thousands of law enforcement officers in the Commonwealth of Virginia, and I am grateful for their support. As a former Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia, I keenly understand the important, challenging and, at times, complex mission of our law enforcement professionals. As someone who has family members who are members of our law enforcement community, I know that our police are often on the front lines of many of the toughest challenges our communities face. Whether state, county or municipal, I will work hard as Lt. Governor to support our law enforcement community. Having the endorsement of the Virginia Police Benevolent Association means a great deal to me.”

  • Video: Sen. Tim Kaine talks about Virginia DREAMers


  • Quizzical

    So there is a proposal to build huge floodgates for Boston’s harbor
    Cost would be in the billions