State and Local Immigration Law

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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Will Governor Christie ‘Tell It Like It Is’ on Immigration?

Will Governor Christie ‘Tell It Like It Is’ on Immigration?

Republican Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey became the 14th candidate to announce his candidacy for the GOP presidential nomination. He’s highlighting his reputation as a straight-talking Governor by making his campaign motto “telling it like it is.” Yet, despite that slogan his campaign launch and official campaign website do not make clear his view […]

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Nebraska and Alabama Changing Their Stride on Immigration

Written by on May 29, 2015 in State and Local Immigration Law with 0 Comments
Nebraska and Alabama Changing Their Stride on Immigration

In 2010 and 2011, Nebraska and Alabama made national headlines for their anti-immigrant measures. Fremont, Nebraska passed a local ordinance to check immigration status of renters, and Alabama passed HB 56, the most restrictive anti-immigrant state legislation in history. However in 2015, we’re seeing a changing tide in these states from punishment towards pragmatism. This […]

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California Leads the Transition in Pro-Immigrant State Lawmaking

Written by on May 18, 2015 in State and Local Immigration Law with 1 Comment
California Leads the Transition in Pro-Immigrant State Lawmaking

In the last two decades, the state of California has transformed itself from a leader in anti-immigrant policymaking—most famously attempting to bar the undocumented from attending public schools and localizing immigration enforcement through Prop 187—to a leader in providing creative, forward-thinking policies on immigration. A new analysis by the California Immigrant Policy Center documents the […]

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Without Legalization, State Policies Remain Crucial to Healthy Communities

Without Legalization, State Policies Remain Crucial to Healthy Communities

In the absence of meaningful immigration reform to address the situation of the millions of undocumented individuals living in the United States, state policies have become more and more important. One of the areas in which that is especially true is public health. It is unquestionable that healthy communities require broad access to health care. However, for […]

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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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States Begin New Year by Implementing New Immigration Laws

Written by on January 6, 2015 in State and Local Immigration Law with 3 Comments
States Begin New Year by Implementing New Immigration Laws

Many of the positive immigration reforms approved in 2014 happened in the states. Despite federal inaction on federal immigration reform, state and local officials took pragmatic steps to help undocumented immigrants living in their communities better integrate. Connecticut and California were two of 10 states as well as the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico […]

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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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