Funeral Procession to Virginia GOP Headquarters
Richmond, VA – This Thursday, immigrants and community supporters from Virginia will pour into historic downtown Civil Rights Park, march to the headquarters of the Republican Party of Virginia and urge officials to join the rest of the nation in moving forward on historic immigration reform legislation.
Key Virginia congressmen have resisted overwhelming public support, a clear electoral mandate, rare widespread bipartisan agreement in Congress and calls for support from Republican stalwarts.
Voters polled at Virginia precincts yesterday overwhelmingly support commonsense immigration reform with a path to citizenship, results in Congressman Eric Cantor’s home district place support at almost 95% percentage in support.
In his own home precinct – Rivers Edge Elementary School: 94.7% of voters, or 493 out of the 506 respondents, backed a pathway to citizenship for immigrants who meet an extensive list of requirements including English language acquisition, payment of fines and back taxes, and more.
Voters polled at the Governor’s precinct in the 3rd Congressional District: 198 support to 1 opponent or 99.5% in support. Overall support across the five precincts: 1240 support, 22 oppose, or 98.3% in support of commonsense reform.
Legalizing immigrant workers in Virginia and increasing their spending power would add 27,000 jobs to the state’s economy and grow tax revenues by $371 million, according to the Center for American Progress. The $371 million in tax revenues could close the state’s projected budget deficit for 2013 with $226 million left over.
With eight Republican Members in the Virginia Congressional Delegation, leaders like Judiciary Committee Chair Bob Goodlatte (VA-6) and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (VA-7) are both in unusually powerful positions to help guide the outcome of immigration reform.
From independent commentators to party insiders, there is broad acknowledgement that the Republican Party is on life support and that without a significant shift on key issues that move emerging Latino and Asian-American voting blocs, the Republican Party is entering its twilight years. President Barack Obama’s reelection was buoyed by large gains among immigrant voters, including in Virginia which turned blue for a second presidential election in a row.
Virginia’s immigrant population has more than doubled in the twenty years between the 1990 and 2010 Census, rising to more than 11 percent today. Nearly half of Virginia immigrants are naturalized citizens who eligible to vote.
The event will show how opposition to immigration reform is death knell for Republicans in the Commonwealth.
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What: Press conference & funeral procession for commonsense immigration reform
Where: Procession from Civil Rights Park to the Republican Party of Virginia at 115 E. Grace St. Richmond, VA
When: 3:30 PM on Thursday, November 7, 2013
Who: CASA in Action, Virginia AFL-CIO, immigrant families and faith leaders