Immigration

The Immigration issues group focuses on providing support to those living in the Lexington/Rockbridge area who currently play a productive role in our community and are either documented immigrants or trying to become documented immigrants. We also promote awareness of the legal rights of all immigrants and non-immigrants living in our community and encourage a welcoming environment.

Issue Coordinator:

The immigration issue group's next meeting is June 18, 2 pm, on Zoom. If you would like to attend, write to Ann at the email above, and she will send you an invitation to the virtual meeting.

Updates

New Virginia laws give driver privileges and in-state tuition to tax-paying residents, regardless of immigration status.

 

To obtain a driver privilege card, immigrants will have to meet the requirements to obtain a standard driver’s license, but must also prove to have filed an income tax return. 

 

50 Ways is working with W&L tax experts and others to help local workers file taxes by the Nov. 1, 2020, extended tax deadline so they can apply for the driver privilege card when it becomes available Jan. 1, 2021. 

 

The Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis, a nonprofit policy group in Richmond, estimated the new law would result in between 124,500 and 160,792 new drivers being licensed, according to a report in the Virginia Mercury. This would generate a minimum of $10 million in new title fees, sales tax receipts, license plate fees and new car registrations.

 

The tuition law makes all students eligible for in-state college tuition, regardless of immigration or citizenship status, as long as they’ve attended high school in Virginia for at least two years or graduated since July 1, 2008 and can show proof of filing Virginia tazes.

 

A 2019 report from the nonpartisan Migration Policy Institute found that roughly 2,000 undocumented students graduate from Virginia high schools every year, according to the most recently available data from the U.S. Census Bureau. 

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