May 5, 2020. NBC29.COM

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) – A Charlottesville organization is looking for support from regional leaders to ensure affordable housing and civil rights for immigrants.

IMPACT is an interfaith organization that pushes for solutions to address community problems. Its Nehemiah Action event was scheduled for March 31 but was canceled due to stay at home orders.

Instead, the organization sent letters to Charlottesville City Council, Albemarle Board of Supervisors, and the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail Authority Board.

“We know that the focus of government at all levels right now is around pandemic response. That being said, these deeper issues are still here and exacerbated by the pandemic and that’s why it’s even more important now to take action on them,” Sheila Herlihy, with IMPACT, said.

IMPACT also wants the jail to stop the practice of notifying immigration and customs enforcement when an undocumented immigrant is released.

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