State and Local Immigration Law

These Four Maps Illustrate How States Are Shaping Immigration Policy

Written by on March 30, 2015 in State and Local Immigration Law with 0 Comments
These Four Maps Illustrate How States Are Shaping Immigration Policy

The New York Times published a series of maps illustrating the different ways in which states either attempt to welcome immigrants into their communities or go out of their way to make them feel unwelcome. The main indicators include which states have a policy allowing undocumented immigrants to drive legally; which provide undocumented students the […]

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Early Legislative Action in States Shows Mixed Bag of Immigration Proposals

Written by on February 2, 2015 in State and Local Immigration Law with 0 Comments
Early Legislative Action in States Shows Mixed Bag of Immigration Proposals

While some state attorneys general are suing to stop President Obama’s immigration executive actions, many state lawmakers are working to address immigration issues within their own states. New York, for example, is trying to pass new reforms to help young immigrants afford college while Colorado legislators try to limit additional funding to the state agency […]

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Cities in States Suing Over Executive Action Are Welcoming Immigrants

Cities in States Suing Over Executive Action Are Welcoming Immigrants

Half of the states have joined a lawsuit challenging President Obama’s executive action on immigration, the latest being Tennessee. Yet leadership of cities across the nation support the administration’s actions—even those within states whose governors and attorneys general are suing to stop it. What explains the disconnect? It seems the higher-up the elected official, the […]

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20 Years Later, California Still Feels Effects of Anti-Immigrant Measure

Written by on November 7, 2014 in State and Local Immigration Law with 3 Comments
20 Years Later, California Still Feels Effects of Anti-Immigrant Measure

Saturday marks 20 years since 59 percent of Californians voted for a measure designed to reduce the number of undocumented immigrants in the state, a policy that backfired and led to a massive political shift. The measure was Proposition 187, part of 1994’s “Save Our State” initiative, and its repercussions are still being felt today. […]

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Alabama Settles Last Legal Challenge to State’s Self-Deportation Law

Alabama Settles Last Legal Challenge to State’s Self-Deportation Law

The state of Alabama settled a lawsuit last week over one of the last remaining provisions of HB 56, the punitive immigration measure often called the “show me your papers” law. Legislators first approved the law in 2011, but when lawmakers passed revisions to HB 56 in 2012, they including a requirement that the state […]

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Could New Jersey Be the 12th State to Offer Driver’s Licenses to Undocumented Immigrants?

Could New Jersey Be the 12th State to Offer Driver’s Licenses to Undocumented Immigrants?

Driving is a key component of U.S. culture. People drive to work and school, to run errands and to pick up their kids. Part of being integrated in U.S. culture increasingly means having the ability to get to the grocery store, to church, to community functions, and to health clinics—and in most U.S. communities you […]

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Cities Recognize the Power of Naturalization During Citizenship Day and Welcoming Week

Written by on September 17, 2014 in Integration, State and Local Immigration Law with 0 Comments
Cities Recognize the Power of Naturalization During Citizenship Day and Welcoming Week

Each year on September 17, the United States observes Constitution Day and Citizenship Day, a combined event that commemorates the anniversary of the signing of the constitution in 1787 and recognizes all those who are or have become U.S. citizens. This week, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is celebrating Constitution Day and Citizenship Day by […]

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States and Counties Continue to Create Policies that Integrate Immigrants and Boost Communities

States and Counties Continue to Create Policies that Integrate Immigrants and Boost Communities

Before Congress left for August recess, members failed to pass a supplemental spending bill to cover the costs of managing the influx of unaccompanied minors and families at the southern border. Most have given up on hoping the House of Representatives will take up comprehensive immigration reform after House leaders declined to bring up any […]

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New York Legislators Propose State’s Own Brand of Immigration Reform

New York Legislators Propose State’s Own Brand of Immigration Reform

While Congress drags its feet on immigration reform, states and cities push the envelope further to help immigrants already living in their communities. On Monday, two New York state legislators introduced the “New York is Home” Act, S. 7879 and A. 10129. It is sweeping legislation that would establish “state citizenship” for New Yorkers. The […]

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Counties Limit ICE Detainers As DHS Secretary Says He’s Taking a ‘Fresh Look’

Counties Limit ICE Detainers As DHS Secretary Says He’s Taking a ‘Fresh Look’

As a growing number of states and counties end or limit their cooperation with immigration detainers, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said Thursday that he is taking a “fresh look” at Secure Communities, a program that started in 2008 that allows local law enforcement to share fingerprints of people booked in jails with federal immigration […]

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