Legislators should note the growing clout of Hispanic voters and adopt enlightened immigration laws.
Lawmakers have filed bills this session in both houses of the General Assembly to allow in-state tuition rates at Virginia colleges and universities for children of illegal immigrants who live, work and pay taxes in the commonwealth.
Similar bills have been offered and have failed in years past. But there might be reason to hope for a different outcome this year.
Dramatic changes in federal immigration policy undercut the rationale for denying in-state rates to young people who grew up in Virginia and graduated from its high schools.