As Virginia's only Latino state lawmaker, Alfonso Lopez made it his first order of business to push for a law granting in-state college tuition to immigrants living in the U.S. illegally since childhood.
The bill died in committee.
So Lopez tried again the next year. And the year after that.
EDITOR'S NOTE — This story is part of Divided America, AP's ongoing exploration of the economic, social and political divisions in American society.
Now, in his fifth year in office, Lopez is gearing up for one more attempt in 2017.
"If we had a more diverse (legislature) and more Latinos in the House of Delegates," he says,...