Immigrants Growing Presence

Harrisonburg Metro Near Tops In State

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Posted: March 21, 2014

Rafael Elias (right), and his daughter Dulce are among a growing number of immigrants who are making Harrisonburg their home. A native of central Mexico, Rafael Elias came to Virginia in ‘92. (Photos by Michael Reilly / DN-R)
Dulce Elias, 17, a Harrisonburg High School junior has become an immigration activist, calling on Congress to pass comprehensive reform. “I don’t want my teenage years to go to waste,” she said.
LEFT TO RIGHT: Dulce Elias, with mother, Ana Lilia, father, Rafael, and niece, Allison, stands in her family’s home off Country Club Road in Harrisonburg on Wednesday.

HARRISONBURG — Rafael Elias has all the comforts a family man needs: a wife, children and grandchild, plus a place to call home and a longstanding job to support it all.

“I like the people...



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