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I've spent 15 years fighting for the rights of aspiring Americans, 12 of those years right here in northern Virginia.

I've been asked, "What's an immigration lawyer doing running for the state house when it's more of a federal issue?"
My response: because much of what my clients have to deal with are state laws. Laws like getting a driver's license. Or send their kids to school. Or not having to constantly look over their shoulder, dodging deportation land mines placed in unavoidable aspects of everyday life.
American children wondering whether their parents will be gone without warning when they get home from school. Sure, immigration laws originate 30 miles away in Washington. But the effect comes through Richmond.
That means the fight starts at home, right in the community I've lived in for 12 years with my wife and children. If we would just be aware of those who are desperately trying to participate fully, if we would just show up for them, then our community will be that much stronger.
I am committed to keeping up this fight in Richmond. We all have to show up for one another. Let's start by making sure everyone has a chance.

Ask yourself: how will you use your privilege?

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