Funeral Procession to GOP Headquarters



The procession eulogies mark extreme politics as death knell for Virginia Republicans in the Commonwealth. Voters’ Support for Immigration Reform with Path to Citizenship at nearly 95% in Rep. Cantor’s District.


Richmond, VA –Immigrants and members of CASA in Action and 32BJ SEIU from Virginia marched from the Civil Rights Memorial to Republican Party of Virginia headquarters, urging officials to join the rest of the nation in moving forward on historic immigration reform legislation. The march featured the All the Saints Theater Company’s squad of Republican rat cheerleading puppets chasing an elephant puppet down the street and stanzas from a Latino funeral dirge.

“We are marching today to the Republican Party headquarters to bury the racist and extremist thinking of the party and to invite the party to rise from the dead by respecting immigrants,” said Raul Benitez Reyes, an aspiring American and 7th Congressional District resident. “That they respect us not just with words but by ensuring that Eric Cantor schedules a vote on immigration reform before Thanksgiving.”

Voters polled at Virginia precincts on Tuesday overwhelmingly support commonsense immigration reform with a path to citizenship. Results in U.S. Representative Eric Cantor’s (VA-7) 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. Results and more information can be found at

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.

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.

President Barack Obama’s reelection and Terry McAuliffe’s election this week to the Governor’s mansion was buoyed by large gains among immigrant voters, including in Virginia which turned blue for a second presidential election in a row.

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