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Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Local Latino community members march to the VA General Assembly Building to protest a proposed Bill

The bill would ban illegal immigrants from public colleges and is sponsored by Republican Del. Frank D. Hargrove Sr. of Hanover County.
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I heard some of the rally organizers speak on the steps of a church just down from the Richmond Capitol this morning. One man, who asked me to check his spelling of the word "respect" (r-e-s-p-e-c-t [i thought of Aretha singing the letters]) was making posters with the messages (translated)- "Our future generations must be able to go to College", and "No to DISCRIMINATION!" "We want equality and respect" and "we need drivers licenses" (referring to a bill passed by Mark Warner in 2003 banning drivers licenses to illegal immigrants- supposedly to protect from "terrorists") They marched to the General Assembly afterwards, where the proposed bill is being discussed and then voted on.

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