RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Immigration policy is becoming an increasingly charged topic in the closely watched race for governor in Virginia.

It's a perennial campaign flashpoint in the immigrant-rich Old Dominion. But the issue has gained even greater prominence because of President Donald Trump's hardline stances on visas and deportations.

Republican Ed Gillespie is touting a law-and-order approach that promises to "get tough" on unlawful immigration while Democrat Ralph Northam is promising to promote Virginia as a welcoming state that will stand up to Trump.