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:

Updates

FEBRUARY 12, 2020

Breaking news:

 

1. Two different versions of the driver’s license bill have passed the Virginia House and Senate. Sen. Creigh Deeds voted yes on SB34! Thank you for making the calls. Now the two houses will need to reconcile their bills. Let's keep our eyes on this and be ready to make more calls.

 

2. At Wednesday morning's Jail Board meeting, members thanked 50 Ways-immigration for holding the information session about cooperating with ICE. They are working with lawyers to write a policy to adopt. 

 

3. Very important volunteer request:

 

Lawyers from W&L's Immigrant Rights Clinic are looking for a volunteer driver to take two (and if possible, three) clients to immigration court in Alexandria on March 3. The client is a minor, who will ride with her aunt, who also has a court date. The third possible person would be the client's mother, if she could clear her schedule. 

The young client and her aunt  have a court date scheduled for March 3rd at 8:30 am. They live in McGaheysville, VA, which is outside Harrisonburg.

This would require getting to the pickup point sometime near 5 a.m., in order to make it into Alexandria by the court time. Harrisonburg is more than an hour from Rockbridge County. The commitment is not likely to take all day. The lawyers expect it to be done before noon. 

 FYI: The client speaks some English but understands more than she speaks. Her aunt does not speak it at all. 

 

Please contact John White or Ann Olson if you would like to volunteer.