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The Urgent Reasons that Rep. Comstock Should Step Up and Support the Dream Act

Richmond, VA – President Trump’s decision to end DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, plunged 800,000 Dreamers into crisis, including more than 12,000 DACA recipients in Virginia. The solution is the bipartisan Dream Act. It’s urgent that Congress act, without undue delay and without unnecessary complications. This includes recognizing that the recently issued White House … Continue reading »

Tom Steyer, Immigrant Rights Advocates, and Canvassers Discuss Converting Politics of Hate into Power in VA Gubernatorial Race

A recording of today’s event is available here Woodbridge, VA — Less than a month from election day, Tom Steyer, President of NextGen America, joined America’s Voice, CASA in Action, and Center for Community Change Action on a press call today to denounce Ed Gillespie’s racially divisive campaign and to highlight the work of immigrant rights … Continue reading »

With Four Weeks to go till Election Day, Gillespie and Northam Face Off in Southwest Virginia

New Wason Center poll shows Northam with a 7-point lead; Gillespie out of step with majority of Virginians who disagree with premise of divisive, racist ads We’ve covered how important this race is for Virginia and how the national conversation on DACA, Muslim Bans v1-3, hate groups, all have driven the narrative in the commonwealth. … Continue reading »

Ed Gillespie’s Racist Campaign Tactics Take Center Stage

Washington Post Editorial Board and Richmond Times-Dispatch Have Taken Notice Richmond, VA –  Weeks after Charlottesville showed us the deadly consequences of racial incitement, Ed Gillespie, the Republican candidate for Governor of Virginia, has deliberately turned his campaign into an ugly, divisive and racist series of attack ads. Gillespie’s television and radio ads, as well as mailings from … Continue reading »

Virginia Faith, Immigrant, and Minority Groups Denounce Hateful Rhetoric from Ed Gillespie and Virginia GOP, Launch ‘Stop the Hate’ Petition

CASA in Action, NAACP-Prince William, Emgage Action, NAKASEC, Muslim Institute for Interfaith Studies & Understanding, SEIU Virginia 512, Ironworkers Movement for Justice Coalition, Tenants and Workers United, Faith in Public Life Action Fund, Mason DREAMers, Adnan Bokhari, Showing Up for Racial Justice Northern Virginia, and ACLU People Power-Fairfax, all took part in the press conference … Continue reading »

ICYMI: The Washington Post Highlights the Diverse Candidates Running for the Virginia House of Delegates from Prince William County

Washington, DC – In Prince William County, one of the most diverse, fast-growing, suburban swing districts outside of Washington, a diverse set of candidates are turning political will into political action by mounting challenges to incumbents, and overcoming old stereotypes. Fenit Nirappil of The Washington Post, writes that Prince William County has shifted from “mostly white, rural and … Continue reading »

Third Episode of Our Podcast “180 Days” is Available Now

This week’s edition of the America’s Voice podcast, “180 Days,” is now available. The weekly podcast will run over the next six months as we approach the March 6, 2018 deadline for DACA. We cover the fight to protect Dreamers and pass the Dream Act – and other immigration news. In the third episode, the … Continue reading »

Virginia’s GOP Candidate for Governor Ed Gillespie Doubles Down and Continues Race Baiting with Abhorrent and Misleading Ad

The racist 30-second spot uses images of MS-13 gang members in an El Salvador prison in last ditch effort to motivate voters by appealing to their fears Washington, DC – Republican Ed Gillespie released his latest ad attacking Democratic candidate Ralph Northam last night. In it, Gillespie uses imagery of MS-13 gang members in a … Continue reading »

At Virginia Gubernatorial Debate, Gillespie Sticks With Anti-Immigrant Script

Last night’s gubernatorial debate in Northern Virginia, moderated by NBC’s Chuck Todd, provided an opportunity to hear more about the positions on immigration from Ralph Northam and Ed Gillespie. It did offer an opportunity for Ed Gillespie, the GOP nominee, to speak to the growing immigrant community in the northern part of the state and … Continue reading »

With Seven Weeks till Election Day, What’s At Stake in Virginia

By Julio Lainez, America’s Voice Virginia State Director This year, Virginia is ground zero for electoral politics and immigration issues are playing a key role in the state’s contests. Tonight we will hear from the two candidates vying to replace Gov. Terry McAuliffe as governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Two candidates with two completely … Continue reading »