This is great news.

HB1465, which would have required public colleges and universities in Virginia to write policies denying enrollment to undocumented immigrants, was decisively shot down today in the state Senate.

Isabel Castillo, who graduated magna cum laude from Eastern Mennonite University in 2009, gave testimony on the legislation before the Senate Courts and Justice Subcommittee (Video via VA Interfaith Center):

The Committee also shot down House Bill 2332, which would have required local law officials to enforce federal immigration law. No small victory there, either.

Castillo is a co-founder of DREAMActivist Virginia, which along with us is part of the new National Immigrant Youth Alliance. Castillo was also one of several DREAMers arrested during a sit-in in Washington D.C. last year. If you’re on Facebook, take a minute to congratulate Virginia on their victory.

Don’t forget that we’ve got to win against HB11, a bill here in North Carolina that would do the same thing as HB1465. Sign the petition To help bring the victories southward.

Georgia also needs your help. Sign this petition to fight against HB59.

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