June 28, 2014
The Virginia Coalition for Immigrant Rights (VACIR) gathered at the church of the incarnation in Albemarle County.
The regional meet-up focused on key issues of concern for Virginia’s immigrant communities. Those include immigration reform, immigrant detention policies and access to driver's licenses.
VACIR is also concerned about the families that are being split apart because of deportation laws.
“With a year of inaction by congress we are now asking the Obama administration to stop separating families, like I just discussed,” says VACIR co-chair Tim Freilich. “It's clearly not a good policy, it doesn't build strong communities, it doesn't build strong families and we can do a lot better as a nation of immigrants.”
In 2013, more than 72,000 people who were deported mentioned leaving behind children born in the U.S.