Mark Herring has joined 15 other attorneys general to support President Obama’s executive action on immigration. The attorneys general have a filed an amicus briefÂ with a federal appeals court that says the President’s action in November was both legal and beneficial. Herring said the executive order on immigration would allow the top international talent in the US to remain in the country.[read_more]
In a statement Herring said,
“Immigration has been a source of economic, cultural, and social benefit for the commonwealth for more than 400 years,â€
â€œWhile weâ€™re waiting on Congress to enact long overdue comprehensive immigration reform, the President has offered lawful, reasonable steps that will boost our economy, keep families intact, and promote public safety,â€
Governor McAuliffe and Senator Mark Warner both praised Herring’s action. Senator Warner said until Congress acts on illegal immigration,
â€œI applaud Attorney General Mark Herring for moving to defend the protections that will be extended to undocumented immigrants in Virginia.â€
The brief was filed in the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to support of the United States’ appeal of a Texas District court’s ruling preventing immigration reform. Â The brief was filed by Washington state with California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and now Virginia joining in the brief.