Push to Save the Old Dominion

Opponents of illegal immigration are making plans to increase the heat on Virginia lawmakers who rejected dozens of immigration-related bills last session.

Part of the 2008 push will be driven by a coalition of seven groups that previously limited their activism to their own back yards, mostly in northern Virginia. The new coalition is called Save the Old Dominion.

Organizers say they'll reach out to previously ignored areas of the sate, including some of the mroe rural areas. They plan to urge voters to call their legislators about immigration-related bills pending before committees.

Among the bills rejected last year was one prohibiting in-state tuition rates for illegal aliens attending Virginia public colleges. A measure requiring proof of legal residence to enroll in any public institution of higher education in Virginia is among a handful already proposed for 2008.


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