State and Local Immigration Law

Florida House Punishes Sanctuary Cities, Bill Authorizing Military Force Against Refugees Passes Committee

Written by on February 5, 2016 in State and Local Immigration Law with 0 Comments
Florida House Punishes Sanctuary Cities, Bill Authorizing Military Force Against Refugees Passes Committee

The Florida House of Representatives passed a sweeping “anti-sanctuary city” bill this week that would penalize Florida counties who do not aggressively target undocumented immigrants or who fail to honor every federal request to detain immigrants, regardless of the requests’ constitutionality. A House committee also passed a bill that targets non-Western Hemisphere refugees who are […]

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Giving the Immigration Facts a Fighting Chance

Giving the Immigration Facts a Fighting Chance

As we move through the 2016 presidential election cycle, the issue of immigration will continue to be a central topic of the debate. The United States is at a tipping point after more than two decades without meaningful upgrades to its immigration system. Current U.S. law does not provide sufficient channels for legal immigration and […]

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Due Process, Enforcement Reform and Family Unification Top Sanders’ Platform

Due Process, Enforcement Reform and Family Unification Top Sanders’ Platform

Senator Bernie Sanders, a contender for the Democratic nomination for President, recently released his updated and vastly expanded immigration platform. His initial plan was short on detail; however, this newly-released document takes a deeper dive and presents a set of solutions to some of the worst problems plaguing our outdated immigration system.

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Sanctuary Cities vs. Community Policing: A Resurging Debate

Sanctuary Cities vs. Community Policing: A Resurging Debate

From Washington, D.C. to San Francisco to Raleigh, the debate over whether local law enforcement officers should be involved in enforcing federal immigration law is back at the fore.

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How North Carolina’s Anti-Immigrant Bill Would Impact All State Residents

Written by on October 13, 2015 in State and Local Immigration Law with 1 Comment
How North Carolina’s Anti-Immigrant Bill Would Impact All State Residents

At a time when many states are adopting policies that harness immigrant’s social and economic contributions, elected officials in North Carolina are advancing anti-immigrant legislation that could have sweeping implications for all state residents. The state legislature recently passed H.B. 318, misleadingly titled as the “Protect North Carolina Workers Act.” The bill contains the following […]

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Many States Recognize Benefit of Tuition Equity for Undocumented Students

Written by on October 9, 2015 in State and Local Immigration Law, Students with 1 Comment
Many States Recognize Benefit of Tuition Equity for Undocumented Students

This week, the Migration Policy Institute (MPI) released new information about how the top 15 states of residence for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)-eligible youth are either supporting or impeding access to college-level education. Given that federal immigration policies affecting undocumented immigrants remain stagnant, it is not surprising that many states are enacting laws […]

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After Five Years, Are Challenges to SB 1070 Coming to an End?

Written by on September 17, 2015 in SB 1070, State and Local Immigration Law with 0 Comments
After Five Years, Are Challenges to SB 1070 Coming to an End?

A federal judge in Arizona issued a decision on September 4, which some say signals the end of years of legal challenges against Arizona’s SB 1070 law. For the most part, the law has been gutted, drastically reducing much of the negative impact of this wrong-headed, draconian state immigration law, which made Arizona the subject […]

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Welcoming Week Honors Immigrant Contributions and Builds Bridges in Local Communities

Written by on September 14, 2015 in Integration, State and Local Immigration Law with 0 Comments
Welcoming Week Honors Immigrant Contributions and Builds Bridges in Local Communities

The heated political rhetoric so far in the 2016 presidential campaign has often been at the expense of immigrants. And the policy solutions put forth by some candidates have centered around punitive, impractical measures that are out of touch with the humane approach most Americans want to see with respect to immigration reform. However, the […]

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States Continue to Expand Access to Driver’s Licenses for Undocumented Residents

Written by on August 19, 2015 in State and Local Immigration Law with 1 Comment
States Continue to Expand Access to Driver’s Licenses for Undocumented Residents

Currently, ten states and the District of Columbia offer driver’s licenses to undocumented residents of their states who can meet certain requirements. Two additional states, Hawaii and Delaware, passed similar laws this year, with others also beginning their pursuit of this practical public safety and economic policy. For example, a bill was introduced in the […]

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Annual Review of State-Level Immigration Policy Still Trending Pro-Immigrant

Annual Review of State-Level Immigration Policy Still Trending Pro-Immigrant

After long legal battles over punitive, state anti-immigration laws like Arizona’s SB1070 and Alabama’s HB56, state governments learned the limits on what types of immigration policies they can set at the local level. Since then, states have begun moving in a new direction by more generally enacting state immigration laws that seek to protect, integrate […]

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