The other day, I got an email from Delegate Jackson Miller, trumpeting all the work he is doing to stop illegal immigration. I expected to read that he had taken up personal vigil down on the border considering all the fanfare. Such was not the case. In part, his email stated:
During the 2011 Virginia General Assembly Session, we will be debating many issues that are important to the Commonwealth, but one issue of particular significance to me is illegal immigration. As a former police officer with almost two decades of experience, I have seen firsthand the effect that illegal immigration can have on a community. As your Delegate, I am working hard to find solutions to the many issues and challenges that illegal immigration has presented in our communities and in our Commonwealth.
Recently, I appeared on Fox News Channel’s morning program, Fox & Friends, to defend a bill on which I am a co-patron. This bill, HB1465, (click for full text) stipulates that illegal aliens will not be eligible for admission to Virginia’s colleges and universities. Higher education is a privilege, not a right, and placement in Virginia’s colleges and universities has become increasingly difficult for legal residents of our state to obtain. This bill will require that all prospective students submit appropriate documentation showing proof of citizenship or a student visa for eligibility for enrollment.