AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va. (WHSV)-- The immigration debate has been going on near the southern border and on Capitol Hill for years now. In the past week the debate has found a prominent place in the Valley. At 7 p.m. on Jul. 23, it'll reach the halls at the Augusta County Government Center.
Several kids who entered the U.S. illegally are being held at the Shenandoah Valley Juvenile Center. Those reports have provoked strong reactions from folks in the Valley on both sides of the issue.
Sen. Emmett Hanger (R-VA), who represents Augusta County in Virginia's State Senate, says he's torn over the immigration debate. There's no good solution of what to do until lawmakers in Washington reform federal immigration policy.
"I have no direct influence over that, other than just being aware and in a profile to communicate with my federal counterparts. we simply have to have new federal immigration policy at the federal level," said Sen. Hanger.
A local tea party group plans to speak against the placement of those undocumented immigrant kids.
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