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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

The National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health Applauds Gov. McAuliffe Veto of the Anti-Sanctuary Legislation, HB 2000

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Wilmarie Ríos Jaime Phone: (202) 754-8811 Email:

The National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health Applauds Gov. McAuliffe Veto of the Anti-Sanctuary Legislation, HB 2000


Washington, D.C. — Today, Governor Terry McAuliffe vetoed the “anti-sanctuary” legislation, HB 2000, a bill that would have punished localities across Virginia for focusing on community policing rather than deputizing local and state police to serve as immigration agents. HB 2000 would have coerced public safety authorities to carry out President Trump’s mass deportation agenda. Margie Del Castillo, associate director of community mobilization with the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, leading the Virginia Latina Advocacy Network (VA LAN), issued the following statement:

“We stand by Governor Terry McAuliffe’s veto of HB 2000 in Virginia and assert our commitment to continue the fight for the dignity and respect of all of those in our community, regardless of immigration status. For many undocumented families, residing in cities that build on community trust means being able to work, to tend to their children without fear, and participate in their communities. For victims and witness of crime, sanctuary means having the space to speak out against abuse and criminal activity. Messaging bills like HB2000 would undermine common sense efforts by localities to promote public safety, making Virginians less safe all while raising serious constitutional concerns.

“Our state deserves immigration policies that reflect our best values, are economical, and stay true to their goal of fostering trust between members of our communities and law enforcement; HB 2000 isn’t one of them. As such, we support Governor McAuliffe’s assertion that the rights of Virginians will not be compromised by political games.

“Immigrants make significant economic and cultural contributions to the communities in which they live and are an integral part of the fabric of this country. The Trump administration's multiple executive orders regarding immigration and threats to defund so-called ‘sanctuary cities,’ are demonstrable of the administration’s racist hostility towards immigrant communities. Today we applaud cities that ensure the constitutional right of due process is not denied to all people, regardless of their immigration status, and that immigrant communities are not criminalized. This is just the beginning of our fight and we have no plans to slow our course.”


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The National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health is the only national reproductive justice organization dedicated to building Latina power to advance health, dignity, and justice for 28 million Latinas, their families, and communities in the United States through leadership development, community mobilization, policy advocacy, and strategic communications.