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Video: Legislative Briefing Turns Stormy at Arlington Central Library Over Immigration; Police Called

La Colectiva immigration activists interrupt Indivisible-sponsored public meeting with Senators Ebbin, Howell, Favola; Delegates Lopez, Hope, Levine

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A sleepy meeting with state legislators at the Arlington Central Library this afternoon turns…well, definitely not sleepy. Check out the video, below. Crazy times.

UPDATE Sunday AM: I put this up quickly yesterday, because I was busy and in a rush, but this incident requires some context. Regarding the issue the La Colectiva activists raise regarding “Immigration Centers of America” and the Farmville Detention Center, you can read more about that here and here. At the former link, it says, “The activists, organized as La ColectiVa, have objected to Lopez, who reported in state financial disclosures that he was paid more than $5,000 in 2014 and $10,000 in 2015 and 2016 by the Immigration Centers of America (ICA), which operates a detention center in Farmville, Va.” At the latter link, you can read Del. Lopez’s November 2017 statement on this issue, including supportive comments from prominent Virginia Latino leaders including Sindy Benavides, Walter Tejada, Leni Gonzalez, Emma Violand Sanchez, Beatriz Amberman, Andres Tobar, etc. I definitely agree with prominent Virginia Latina Activist and Leader and Gubernatorial Appointee Leni Gonzalez that “Over the last six years, there has been no greater champion in the House of Delegates for our community and the constituents he serves than Alfonso Lopez.” Or, as Interim COO of LULAC and former Kaine Administration staffer Sindy Benavides says, “From anti-Sanctuary City bills and ICE Detainer bills to opposing efforts that would make our communities less safe by making it harder for immigrants to cooperate with local police, Alfonso has always fought for our community.”

P.S. Here’s video of the entire event.