Last Tuesday, the Governor announced that he would veto any attempt by the General Assembly to block Syrian refugees from coming to the state of Virginia. Republicans in the Virginia House of Delegates have called for a two-year moratorium on accepting Syrian refugees as a temporary measure to insure that terrorists with ties to the Islamic State are not able to travel by posing as refugees fleeing Syria’s civil war. House Republicans plan to introduce legislation in the upcoming 2016 General Assembly session to bar state agencies from assisting in the refugee process. As stated before, I plan to fully support this legislation. The state has taken just a few dozen Syrian refugees since the nation’s civil war began in 2011. According to the Governor’s administration, no refugees are set to come to Virginia in the immediate future.
Over the last few weeks, my office has had the pleasure of sending out letters to the students in the district who have made the honor roll lists at their schools. I am happy to announce that just in my office alone, I have signed over 1,800 letters to the studious children in the area. As their representative in the Virginia House of Delegates, I know how much hard work I, and the rest of Virginia elected officials, dedicate to providing a quality education for Virginia’s young people. It is refreshing to know students appreciate the education that is available and take advantage of it. It is extremely encouraging to see the next generation of leaders in our society excel at such an early age and continue to do so through out grade school. I look forward to seeing what the future has in store for the youth of our district as they continue to strive for excellence.
If you have any concerns, questions, comments or issues that I or my Aide, Jenna, can help you with, please contact us at (434)821-5929 or email at Delmfariss@house.virginia.gov