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Mark Warner


Mark Warner is a Democratic member of the United States Senate, representing Virginia.

Background

Senator Warner was elected to the U.S. Senate in November 2008 and reelected to a second term in November 2014. He serves on the Senate Finance, Banking, Budget, and Rules Committees as well as the Select Committee on Intelligence, where he is the Vice Chairman.

From 2002 to 2006, he served as Governor of Virginia.

Mark Warner spent 20 years as a successful technology and business leader in Virginia before entering public office. An early investor in the cellular telephone business, he co-founded the company that became Nextel and invested in hundreds of start-up technology companies that created tens of thousands of jobs.

Senator Warner, his wife Lisa Collis live in Alexandria, Virginia,[1]

Helping NVM

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New Virginia Majority June 28, 2013;

Our staff and interns had a chance to view the immigration vote from the gallery courtesy of Senator Mark Warner. Thank you!

Radical intern

Claudia Bonilla was a Winter Intern for Senator Mark Warner, Dec 2016 – Jan 2017.

Researched and developed policy memos under deadline on the subject of mental health and substance abuse, merger and acquisitions of weapon industries, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, and logistics of President Trump’s inauguration.

Winter Intern Senator Mark Warner, Dec 2015 – Jan 2016.[2]

Russian connections

Russian money

Mark Warner, made $6 million from Russian search engine and tech company Yandex in 2012.

GotNews reports that the $6 million he pocketed represents 10% of his entire net worth. This is corroborated by the Christian Science Monitor, which reported his net worth to be around $80 million.

Yandex, based in Moscow, is the largest search engine in Russia.[3]

Waldman/Steele connection

According to Business Insider;

Vladimir Putin has a network of lobbyists and lawyers working for him in America. These executives can be identified through disclosure forms required by the Foreign Agents Registration Act, which mandates people who work “as agents of foreign principals in a political or quasi-political capacity” document these relationships with the Department of Justice. Business Insider went through these records and identified the American executives who are working with Putin’s regime.

Adam Waldman

Adam Waldman is the founder, chairman, and president of the Endeavor Group, a D.C. consultancy based about two blocks from the White House. In May 2009, Waldman filed paperwork with the DOJ indicating he would be working with Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska to provide “legal advice on issues involving his U.S. visa as well as commercial transactions.”
Deripaska had his U.S. visa revoked in 2006 due to longstanding concerns about his links to organized crime and because the State Department was concerned he lied to American investigators who were looking into his business. However, in August and October 2009, shortly after he began working with Waldman, Deripaska was allowed to make two visits to the U.S. During those trips, Deripaska met with FBI agents about an unspecified criminal probe and with top executives at American companies. The Wall Street Journal reported Deripaska’s 2009 trip included meetings with Morgan Stanley, General Motors, and Goldman Sachs Chairman and CEO Lloyd Blankfein.
In his initial FARA paperwork, Waldman indicated Endeavor would receive “a monthly retainer of $40,000” for his work with Deripaska. Waldman also said Deripaska was not being “supervised” or “directed” by any foreign government. However, in October 2010, Waldman made another filing indicating he would be working with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, “gathering information and providing advice and analysis as it relates to the U.S. policy towards the visa status of Oleg Deripaska.”
As part of its work with Lavrov, Waldman said Endeavor would “engage in correspondence and meetings with U.S. policymakers” about Deripaska’s visa. Waldman indicated he had no “formal written contract” with Lavrov and did not specify how much he was being paid. However, Waldman included a letter Lavrov wrote to him Sept. 15, 2010 describing the assignment.
“Mr. Deripaska is one of our country’s prominent business leaders who controls or directly manages a significant number of enterprises, which employ hundreds of thousands of people in Russia. … Yet over the past several years, there has been certain ambiguity upon his visa status in the United States. A persistent state of limbo regarding Mr. Deripaska’s ability to travel freely between our two countries has become an impediment to the promotion of mutually advantageous contacts between the business communities of the two countries,” Lavrov wrote to Waldman. “The Russian side has raised this issue with various U.S. officials on numerous occasions, including in the course of bilateral discussion with both the White House and the State Department at different levels. I believe the involvement of your firm will contribute to the ongoing efforts aimed at achieving a successful resolution of this problem.”
Business Insider contacted the State Department to inquire about Deripaska’s visa status Tuesday. Citing the confidentiality of visa records, a State Department spokesman declined to comment. Waldman has not responded to multiple requests for comment from Business Insider about his work with Deripaska and Lavrov. Based on the information in his 2009 FARA filing, Waldman has received at least $2.36 million working to help Deripaska with his visa. 
Deripaska did travel however to the United States on a diplomatic visa according to court documents and an affidavit provided to the Manhattan court for a lawsuit over financial disputes.
The text messages of Senator Mark Warner to Adam Waldman demanded complete secrecy and no... NO paper trail.
“We have so much to discuss u need to be careful but we can help our country,” Warner texted the lobbyist, Adam Waldman, on March 22, 2017.

“I’m in,” Waldman, whose firm has ties to Hillary Clinton, texted back to Warner.

Throughout the text exchanges, Warner seemed particularly intent on connecting directly with Steele without anyone else on the Senate Intelligence Committee being in the loop — at least initially. In one text to the lobbyist, Warner wrote that he would “rather not have a paper trail” of his messages. Waldman is best known for signing a $40,000 monthly retainer in 2009 and 2010 to lobby the U.S. government on behalf of controversial Russian billionaire Oleg V. Deripaska. Deripraska had his visa revoked by the State Department in 2006 because of charges, which he has denied, that he has organized crime ties.

The conversation about Steele started on March 16, 2017, when Waldman texted, “Chris Steele asked me to call you.”
Warner responded, “Will call tomorrow be careful.”
The records show Warner and Waldman had trouble connecting by phone. On March 20, Warner pressed Waldman by text to get him access to Steele.
“Can you talk tomorrow want to get with ur English friend,” Warner texted.
“I spoke to him yesterday,” Waldman texted.
“We have so much to discuss u need to be careful but we can help our country”
Warner, in text to lobbyist Adam Waldman, March 22, 2017
The two men appear to have finally connected about Steele by phone on March 22, according to the records.

“Hey just tried u again gotta give a speech but really want to finish our talk,” Warner texted.
Waldman, at one point, texted back that Steele really wanted a bi-partisan letter requesting his testimony first. He added that Steele was concerned about word leaking to the media that they were talking. [4]

Muslim connections

Senator Warner is closely connected to Islamic groups and causes.

Arab American Institute's Virginia Candidates’ Night

The Arab American Institute hosted its 15th candidates’ night in northern Virginia on Sept. 30, 2001. The more-than-capacity audience crowded into the room, first to stand in allegiance with their country as Amir Shallal of Langley High School led them in reciting the pledge to the flag, then to hear what their Virginia candidates had to offer them. ity.

After a brief address by Congressman Jim Moran (D-VA), calling on Americans to be a model and to empower people, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Warner discussed issues of the budget, education, transportation, and public safety—the latter of particular importance to Arab Americans in an atmosphere of anti-Arab and anti-Muslim backlash following the Sept. 11 attacks. In response to a question, Warner informed the audience that his press secretary was an Arab American, and promised that Arab Americans would be represented in his cabinet if he was elected. Running for lieutenant governor on the same ticket is Richmond Mayor and civil rights attorney Tim Kaine, who made the point that he had already been instrumental in changing the name of the “Mosque Theater” in Richmond to the “Landmark Theater,” and that he would continue to work for civil rights for all.[5]

Abraham Haji connection

Abraham Haji of the Muslim Student Association was a Mark Warner Campaign for Senate, Stage Director 2014;

  • Canvassed ~350 people in support of Mark Warner for the 2014 Virginia Senate Race through door-knocking and phone-banking and recruiting volunteers to do the same; led to a victory in the general election and 17.5% margin of victory in Fairfax County
  • Organized phone booth at State Delegate Mark Keam’s office, bringing in 15 volunteers who reached out to over 500 potential voters in Fairfax County[6]

IAPAC money

Senate candidate Mark Warner received money from the Iranian American Political Action Committee during the 2008 election cycle.[7]

Iranian overture

A group of Iranian-Americans recently met with Senator Mark Warner's office to raise awareness about the various Iranian-American organizations and businesses in Virginia. This was the first meeting of its kind and was organized by the Iranian American Bar Association. Some came on behalf of their organization, and others came as business owners/residents of Virginia.

We discussed our organizations and shared some personal stories about how our community has been affected by Sanctions. We also explored strategies to strengthen our relationship with the Senator and other members of Congress. We highlighted the significant economic contributions made by Iranian-Americans in the DC Metro area. The Senator's office found it helpful to hear personal stories and eye-opening that so many Iranian-American organizations are in existence.

Our next goals are to meet directly with the Senator and continue to build relationships with elected Representatives.

Taeb connection

Frank Leone January 13, 2018 near Richmond, VA ·

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Thanks Mark Warner for protecting our democracy! — with Yasmine Taeb and Steven Cochran.

Yasmine Taeb August 20, 2014:

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I enjoyed meeting with Senator Mark Warner and leaders of the American Muslim community earlier today to discuss issues impacting the community such as racial profiling, domestic surveillance, the student debt crisis, and many other issues. — with Senator Mark Warner at Tandoori Village.

Muslim solidarity

Dozens of Chesterfield County residents rallied around their neighbors of the Islamic Center of Virginia in Bon Air in support of religious tolerance December 11, 2015, the day when Muslims hold their congregational prayer.

Later in the afternoon, in downtown Richmond, U.S. Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., and a group of local faith leaders also called for tolerance and unity.

In Richmond, standing in front of a monument to Thomas Jefferson’s religious freedom statute at the Valentine First Freedom Center, Warner pointed out that some would say those freedoms are under attack today.

“And as an elected leader, and most importantly, leaders of faith, we want to stand up and reaffirm the principles that make America unique,” Warner said.

The Virginia General Assembly adopted Jefferson’s text at the site in 1786, which laid the foundation for the First Amendment’s religious protections a few years later.

Representatives of the Muslim, Christian and Jewish faiths took turns making appeals to common humanity and denouncing the demonization of all Muslims based on the violent actions of a few.

Imad Damaj of the Virginia Muslim Coalition for Public Affairs said Islamic leaders have repeatedly condemned acts of violence and will continue to do so.

“Regardless of their motives and who they claim they are, they have nothing in common with us,” Damaj said.

“It’s not just the Muslim community’s responsibility to stand up to Islamophobia, but all of us, coming together to hold up our highest ideals,” said Jonathan Zur of the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities.[9]

Dar Alnoor Islamic Community Center

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring July 2016 visited Dar Alnoor Islamic Community Center in Woodbridge.

More about Herring’s visit from center director Rafi Ahmed:

We had invited him as we invite other candidates and elected official as part of our civic education process

He wished our community Happy Eid, which is end of the Holy month of Ramadan. And he stated that as Virginia attorney general he will protect rights of all Virginians.

We had Delegates Rich Anderson, Jackson Miller, State Senators George Barker, Jeremy McPike, [Prince William County Coles District Supervisor] Marty Nohe, Briana Sewell from congressman Gerry Connolly’s office, Anh Phan from Senator Mark Warner’s office, and [former Virginia State Senate candidate] Ed Gillespie were there.
It means a lot to us that our elected officials attend these services, it show that they care. [10]

Who is our neighbor?

Who is our neighbor?

Four interfaith leaders and a sheriff’s deputy led a panel discussion that attempted to answer that question during an open house at the Islamic Center of Fredericksburg October 2016.

Panelists included Rabbi Joseph Cabino of Beth Israel Messianic Jewish Congregation, 1st Sgt. Shaun Jones of the Spotsylvania County Sheriff’s Office, Sheikh Rashid Lamptey of Islamic Ummah of Fredericksburg, Munira Salim Abdalla, chief administrator of Islamic Ummah and Joe Hensley, rector of St. George’s Episcopal Church.

Before the panel began, Samer Shalaby, a trustee of the Islamic Center, shared the center’s history. It started in 1986 when two Muslim families decided to create a local site to pray. Before, the two families met in each other’s homes.

Amr Ahmed, outreach committee director for the center, added that isolation from the wider community can create more problems than it solves.

“We wanted to keep a discussion going about knowing each other,” Ahmed said before the panel, “to take the mystery away from being in a mosque.”

Rector Hensley said the relationship between St. George’s and the Islamic Center of Fredericksburg began with the friendship between St. George’s associate rector, Gay Rahn, and Abdalla.

Sam Taylor, regional director for Sen. Mark Warner’s office, read a letter on Warner’s behalf.[11]

Islamic Center of Virginia holds event for community unity

The Islamic Center of Virginia, the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities, the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy, and the Jewish Community Relations Committee of the Jewish Community Federation of Richmond held an event to promote community unity February 2017 afternoon in Richmond.

The event featured speakers from a number of religious traditions and backgrounds. Sen. Mark Warner was also in attendance.

Organizers said the event was to “show support for those who have been targeted and to stand together against divisive rhetoric.”

“We need to stand for the values and principles that make our country great and that’s in unity,” said Ammar Amonette, Islamic Center of Virginia Imam.

The event came in response to President Donald Trump’s travel ban and as a result of the support the center has already received.[12]

Virginia Senator Mark Warner told the crowd the order was "unfair and unjust."

"America has a unique motto, 'E Pluribus Unum -- from many one.' That is what we are reflecting today. Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs. Regardless of our faith tradition!" Warner said.[13]

Islamic relief

Alexandria mayor Allison Silberberg and other city officials joined Islamic Relief USA for a Ramadan dinner, or iftar, on June 12 (2017?). City council members, police department representatives, the chamber of commerce CEO, state Assemblyman Mark Levine (45th district), and a representative from the office of Sen. Mark Warner joined Islamic Relief and local residents in the interfaith event.

Islamic Relief USA appreciated a Alexandria City Council statement published in late November affirming itself as a community of diversity and inclusion.

“People of faith and conscience have been working for years to end hunger and poverty among our nation’s poor and vulnerable in the communities where we work,” CEO Anwar Khan said. “We look forward to breaking bread with those that enable us to do the work we do by creating a positive climate for us to operate.”

Islamic Relief USA held a similar event with Mayor Bill de Blasio in New York on June 1, and another Ramadan dinner is planned in Washington, D.C., on June 20 with the Mayor and City Council.[14]

Salman Habib connection

Salman Habib is a rising senior at Harvard, where he is concentrating in Government with a secondary in Economics. Born and raised in Pakistan, he moved to Virginia where he completed his high school education.

At Harvard, Salman serves as Co-President of Harvard College Peace Action, a student organization that advocates a more peaceful and diplomacy-oriented United States foreign policy. He also serves as Co-Chair of Harvard Pakistan Forum and is involved with the Institute of Politics at Harvard Kennedy School.

Outside Harvard, Salman was a member of Global Consultation for World Humanitarian Summit where he helped in the development of a comprehensive humanitarian action plan. He has previously served as the Project Team Member for the United Nations Sustainable Energy for All Forum and has also worked with the Office of Senator Mark Warner at the United States Senate.

Salman is particularly interested in issues related to foreign policy and nuclear security. Currently, he is conducting policy research on the future of nuclear weapons, proliferation, and terrorism at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.[15]

CAIR

“I commend all those who work with your organization to help defend civil liberties, strengthen the dialogue between faith communities and improve the lives of others.”- Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) (September 2014).[16]

“Your effort to protect and defend civil liberties are essential in ensuring preservation of the values and principles that we all, as Americans, hold dear (October 2016.”[17]

CAIR's 2014 exit poll of Virginia Muslim voters found 79 percent of respondents voted in favor of then Democrat candidate, now U.S. Senator Mark Warner. In that race, 17 percent of Virginia Muslims reported that they voted for Republican candidate Ed Gillespie, and 3 percent for Libertarian candidate Robert Sarvis.[18]

Cuba visit

Warner address Cuban press conference, Klobuchar and McCaskill look on

In mid February 2015, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) and Mark Warner (D-Va.), travelled to Cuba, for four days.[19]

They traveled with Sara Stephens of the Center for Democracy in the Americas.

Democratic senators visiting Havana called for a bipartisan effort in the US Congress to lift the decades-old embargo against communist Cuba. Related Stories.

The three senators spoke to reporters after talks on the island with Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez and Josefina Vidal, Cuba's chief negotiator in talks with the US aimed at normalizing relations.[20]

Korean connection

Senator Warner has been lobbied heavily by the Korean "progressive" community.

NAKASEC town hall

Falls Church, Virginia — According to communications people Jose Caceres, and Emily Kessel, on July 9, 2015, the day before the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals hears oral arguments on the lawsuit blocking the implementation of the deferred action programs, immigrant rights organizations in Virginia hosted a community town hall on the importance of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parents of U.S. Citizens and Legal Permanent Residents (DAPA) programs for immigrant families in Virginia at the Culmore United Methodist Church.

The 2015 DACA/DAPA Community Town Hall facilitates a dialogue between community members and Virginia congressional offices, Virginia House of Delegates, and other civic leaders about how to best move forward to defend DAPA and DACA expansion and provide further relief for hardworking immigrant parents, young people, and their families.

The event was organized by the Virginia Coalition of Latino Organizations, NAKASEC, the Virginia Coalition for Immigrant Rights, the Virginia Latina Advocacy Network , DREAMers Of Virginia, Mason DREAMers, and DREAMers Moms USA. Representatives from the offices of Senator Tim Kaine, Senator Mark Warner, Representative Don Beyer, and Representative Gerry Connolly joined the event and committed to delivering community concerns and recommendations to Congressmembers.[21]

Virginia DACA press conference

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NAKASEC June 15, 2016;

In celebration of the fourth year anniversary of #DACA, we held a press conference and screening of Halmoni with Delegate Mark Keam, ethnic media reporters, community leaders, and staffers from U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, Senator Mark Warner, and Congressman Gerry Connolly's offices. It was through the bravery of young people who shared their stories, dared to dream above their challenges and barriers, and their perseverance that DACA was earned and won...

Meeting Senator Warner

NAKASEC December 14, 2017;[22]

NAKASEC and affiliates will continue organizing and advocacy in Washington D.C. and in local communities until a clean DREAM Act is passed. Tomorrow, NAKASEC and affiliates will be meeting with Senator Mark Warner (VA) to deliver petitions supporting of a clean DREAM Act before the end of the year.

NAKASEC pressure

January 18, Virginia’s two U.S. Senators: Tim Kaine and Mark Warner, released a statement publicly committing to vote ‘NO’ on the January 19 spending bill if it does not include the Dream Act — a bipartisan bill that would protect more than 2 million immigrant young people from deportation and create a pathway to citizenship.

The commitment comes after tremendous pressure by hundreds of immigrant leaders from the National Korean American Service & Education Consortium (NAKASEC), CASA in Action, and United We Dream who took over their district and D.C. offices, staged a demonstration outside the Governor Northam’s Inaugural Gala where Sen. Kaine and Warner were guests, canvassed the neighborhoods of both Senators to speak to their neighbors, led lobby visits and made thousands of phone calls and collected petitions.
Across the country, Democrats have been under increasing pressure to use all of their leverage to protect immigrant youth and pass the Dream Act. So far, over 15,000 young people have lost their protection from deportation since the Trump administration first rescinded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program on Sept. 5, 2017.

January 18 at 4pm EST, immigrant community leaders will go to many of the state offices of Sen. Kaine and Warner to acknowledge their decision to vote No on the spending bill to protect immigrant youth; more information on location of these visits below.

Jung Bin Cho, a DACA recipient from Virginia and community leader with NAKASEC, said: “We want to be clear that Senator Tim Kaine and Senator Mark Warner’s decision to finally be on the right side of history is a direct result of undocumented youth-led, sustained organizing and direct actions. For the past 5 months, NAKASEC and other grassroots organizations applied constant pressure on Senators Kaine and Warner to go beyond words about supporting immigrant youth, and instead deliver with concrete action. That happened today.

“Although Senators Kaine and Warner voted yes on the continuing resolution last December, we are proud to see that our work, stories, and passion helped them do the right thing this time around. We will continue to organize and advocate for a clean Dream Act — one that does not compromise the safety of our parents and border communities or threaten family immigration and diversity visa program.”

Luis Aguilar, a DACA recipient from Virginia and organizer for CASA in Action, said: “Our communities are well organized. We proved it back in November in the Gubernatorial elections and we are demonstrating our power once again today. We expect our elected officials to walk the talk. And today, Senators Kaine and Warner demonstrated that they are willing to stand with us in this by stating they are voting no on the spending bill if it does not include the Dream Act.”

Bruna Distinto, potential Dream Act beneficiary and local leader with United We Dream, said: “For weeks immigrant youth like me who would qualify for the Dream Act have been going to Senators Kaine and Warner’s state and D.C. offices calling on them to be Dream Heroes who put their words into actions. In December, when they voted for a spending bill that did not include the Dream Act, I felt devastated: my education, my ability to buy my parents their dream house, and my safety were all on the line.

“Today I feel energized knowing that our stories pushed Senators Kaine and Warner to stand on the right side of history by committing to vote NO on any spending bill that does not include permanent protections for immigrant youth.”[23]

Staff

Accessed January 2018;

External links

References

  1. https://www.warner.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/biography]
  2. Bonilla LinkedIN page, accessed December 26, 2017
  3. The Gateway Pundit, REPORT: Anti-Trump Senator Mark Warner Made $6 Million in 2012 From Russian Tech Business May 11, 2017 by Carter
  4. Business Insider, Here Are The American Executives Who Are Working On Behalf Of Putin Hunter Walker Mar. 5, 2014
  5. Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, November 2001, page 88 Bombing, Discrimination Hot Topics at AAI Virginia Candidates’ Night
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  7. American Political Action Committee,IAPAC Candidates, accessed January 29, 2017
  8. Iranian-Americans Meet with Senator Warner's Office Published on Published onJune 25, 2015
  9. Richmond Times-Dispatch Dozens rally to show support for Islamic Center of Virginia in Bon Air By MARKUS SCHMIDT Richmond Times-Dispatch Dec 11, 2015
  10. [http://potomaclocal.com/2016/07/07/virginia-attorney-general-visits-dar-alnoor-islamic-community-center-in-woodbridge/Potomac Local news, Virginia Attorney General visits Dar Alnoor Islamic Community Center in Woodbridge by Potomac Local on July 7, 2016 ]
  11. Fredericksburg.com, Community leaders discuss unity at Islamic Center of Fredericksburg's Open House By EMILY HOLLINGSWORTH THE FREE LANCE–STAR Oct 30, 2016
  12. News, Islamic Center of Virginia holds event for community unity WRIC Newsroom Published: February 5, 2017
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  16. [https://www.cair.com/images/pdf/What-They-Say-About-CAIR.pdf What They Say About CAIR (October 2014)
  17. [https://www.cair.com/images/pdf/What-They-Say-About-CAIR.pdf What They Say About CAIR (October 2017)
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  19. Why Sen. Klobuchar felt like a celebrity on Cuba tripBy Colby Itkowitz February 17
  20. Yahoo News, In Cuba, US senators urge bipartisan end to embargo AFP February 17, 2015
  21. [http://nakasec.org/4511 NAKASEC, Virginia Community Town Hall JULY 9, 2015NAKASEC July 9, 2015]
  22. NAKASEC Maro Park Shares Story with Sen. Cortez Masto DECEMBER 14, 2017
  23. [http://nakasec.org/7795 NAKASEC, After Months of Grassroots Actions, VA Senators Kaine & Warner Commit to Use Their Leverage to Protect Immigrant Youth JANUARY 18, 2018]