State and Local Immigration Law

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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Why Federal Officials Reminded Schools Not to Discriminate Against Immigrant Students

Why Federal Officials Reminded Schools Not to Discriminate Against Immigrant Students

Last week, the Department of Education took steps to help ensure that undocumented students are not deterred from enrolling at K-12 public schools.  The Department issued updated guidance regarding public schools’ responsibility to provide equal access to elementary and secondary education for all students regardless of immigration status. As the Supreme Court ruled in its [...]

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All the Action on Immigration is (Still) in the States

All the Action on Immigration is (Still) in the States

Although their fate ultimately likes in federal immigration reform, unauthorized immigrants are getting much help from state and local officials who are taking pragmatic steps to allow  undocumented immigrants to pay in-state tuition and to limit local law enforcement from honoring immigration detainers issued by federal immigration authorities. On the tuition equity front, the Republican-controlled [...]

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Florida Legislators Approve In-State Tuition for Undocumented Students

Florida Legislators Approve In-State Tuition for Undocumented Students

The Republican-controlled Florida legislature has passed HB 851, a bill allowing qualified undocumented immigrants to pay in-state tuition rates at public colleges and universities. After voting against similar bills in previous years, the Florida Senate approved the legislation on Thursday. The state House had already passed the bill in March but voted again to pass [...]

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Virginia Allows DACA Recipients to Pay In-State Tuition

Virginia Allows DACA Recipients to Pay In-State Tuition

Young immigrants in Virginia who receive temporary legal status through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program now qualify for in-state tuition at state colleges and universities. Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring made the announcement Tuesday at the Northern Virginia Community College. “We should welcome these smart, talented, hard-working young people into our economy [...]

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Why Allowing All Immigrants to Drive Legally Is Good Policy

Why Allowing All Immigrants to Drive Legally Is Good Policy

Immigrants across the country are helping to revitalize declining areas and growing state and local economies, and local officials increasingly recognize the vital roles of these immigrant workers, business owners, and entrepreneurs. Some states and cities are creating welcoming initiatives to draw immigrants to and help them integrate into their communities. To facilitate the integration [...]

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Growing Number of Localities Limit Detention of Immigrants

Growing Number of Localities Limit Detention of Immigrants

At least 14 counties in Oregon have stopped honoring detainer requests from federal immigration officials. Their decisions followed a federal court ruling that officials in Clackamas County “violated one woman’s Fourth Amendment rights by holding her for immigration authorities without probable cause,” according to the Oregonian. Maria Miranda-Olivares sued Clackamas County after she was held [...]

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Report Documents Dramatic Shift in State Immigration Policies

Report Documents Dramatic Shift in State Immigration Policies

For more than 100 years, the federal government has had authority over U.S. immigration policies while states possessed only limited power to regulate the “lives and livelihoods” of immigrants living within their borders. However, the past decade has seen an increase in immigration-related legislation including anti-immigrant laws, which have failed both as policy and as [...]

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