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Attorney General of Virginia

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Commonwealth of Virginia
Office of the Attorney General

Mark Herring
Attorney General

900 East Main Street
Richmond, Virginia 23219


Contact: Emily Bolton
Office: (804)786-0147 
Cell: (804)839-9024 
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RICHMOND(April 6, 2015)--Virginia business leaders, public safety officials, elected officials, and immigration advocates expressed support today for Attorney General Herring's decision to support targeted, compassionate immigration reform that "will increase State tax revenue, enhance public safety, and help avoid tragic situations in which parents are deported away from their U.S. citizen children."


J. Walter Tejada, member of the Arlington County Board and recipient of the 2011 Immigrant Advocate of the Year Award from the Capital Area Immigrant Rights Coalition:

"Virginia can no longer afford to delay these needed immigration reforms. Immigrants are a huge part of our economy, and allowing them to come out of the shadows will help them create and secure good jobs, pay taxes, and become more included in our society. These reforms will also continue the American tradition of keeping families unified and not causing incredible hardships by splitting them up. I appreciate Attorney General Herring's leadership in standing up for the economic, social, and public safety benefits these reforms will offer our state."


Virginia Beach Police Chief Jim Cervera:

"Trust and credibility within the community are key to successful policing. In Virginia Beach, we've worked very hard on building our legitimacy in the community and making it clear that we can be trusted if you have witnessed or been a victim of a crime. Measures that further reduce fear and help build trust between immigrant communities and law enforcement will improve public safety in Hampton Roads and throughout the Commonwealth."


Michel Zajur, Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce President:

"The Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce has long advocated for Comprehensive Immigration Reform as an absolute necessity to a strong economy. We applaud Attorney General Herring and his colleagues for their effort to support the President's Executive Action."


Delegate Mark Keam (35-Fairfax):

"This year, we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act.  Because of that bipartisan law passed by Congress, today, our nation is larger and more diverse in population than ever before.  As one beneficiary of the 1965 law and as an immigrant state legislator, I know how much the demographics of the Commonwealth of Virginian has improved in recent decades.  I'm also thankful for the tremendous economic contributions made by immigrants to Virginia, even though many of them are forced to live in the shadows due to uncertainties in their status.  Immigration is mostly a federal issue, and yet Congress has failed to update our laws to reflect the urgencies of the current trends.  Without action by Congress, our states will continue to bear the economic, public safety and societal costs of dealing with a broken immigration system.  That is why I applaud President Obama's lawful actions to solve the problems within the confines of the executive branch.  I thank Attorney General Mark Herring for his leadership in filing this amicus brief in support of the President's actions."


Delegate Alfonso Lopez (D-Arlington, Fairfax):

"America's immigration system is broken at the Federal level. With the repeated refusal by Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives to address this critical issue President Obama's reasonable administrative actions can only be viewed as sensible and appropriate. Beyond the issues of public safety and the moral importance of keeping families together these administrative actions also make economic sense. The Council of Economic Advisors conservatively estimates that the administrative actions taken by President Obama on immigration will raise the level of U.S. GDP between .4 percent over ten years - equal to $90 billion in real GDP - and cut the Federal deficit by $25 billion. These figures could go substantially higher. I applaud Attorney General Herring for filing the amicus brief supporting the President's efforts to reform and improve the nation's immigration system." 


Dae Joong Yoon,  Executive Director  of NAKASEC (National Korean American Service & Education Consortium):

"We welcome Attorney General Mark Herring's stance and announcement in support of the President's executive actions on DACA and DAPA, which would allow students in Virginia to have access to affordable higher education and immigrant parents to continue to contribute to Virginia but with a legal right to work that would allow for fair treatment. According to the Center for American Progress, if DACA and DAPA are implemented, the U.S. gross domestic product would increase by $230 billion and 28,814 jobs would be created over the next ten years. DACA and DAPA are good for America and Virginia."


Edgar Aranda-Yanoc, President of VACOLAO (Virginia Coalition of Latino Organizations):

"As the chief law enforcement officer serving a southern state, Virginia's Attorney General Mark Herring's decision to join with other attorneys general in the filing of the amicus brief in support of the President's DAPA and DACA programs demonstrates broad consensus that the programs are not only legal but will also benefit their respective states by helping millions of families come out of the shadows and contribute to their local communities and economies. Attorney General Herring's actions demonstrate a commitment to support justice, equality and opportunity for all of Virginia's residents including the most vulnerable who just want a chance to build their lives in the country they consider their home."


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