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What Does the Anti-Immigrant Movement Have Planned for the States in 2014?

What Does the Anti-Immigrant Movement Have Planned for the States in 2014?

As Congress continues their protracted debate on immigration reform, state governments are taking the lead on moving positive measures forward. Thus, anti-immigrant groups like the Federation for American Immigration Reform and Numbers USA  will be on the defensive in 2014, devoting time and resources towards preventing pro-immigrant state policies from taking root. They are certain […]

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Courts Continue to Reject Arizona Style Laws, Even as House Embraces SAFE Act

Courts Continue to Reject Arizona Style Laws, Even as House Embraces SAFE Act

Last year, in Arizona v. United States, the Supreme Court reaffirmed that the federal government, rather than the states, has both the responsibility and the authority to enforce immigration law.  Leaving immigration enforcement to the whims of individual state legislatures and law enforcement officers was, according to the Court, likely to undermine the federal framework […]

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Despite Governor’s Best Efforts, New Mexico Keeps Driver’s Licenses for the Undocumented

Despite Governor’s Best Efforts, New Mexico Keeps Driver’s Licenses for the Undocumented

By Joan Friedland, Senior Advisor to the National Immigration Law Center New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez has failed in her fourth attempt to persuade the New Mexico legislature to repeal the state’s driver’s license law.  The law, in effect since 2003, provides access to driver’s licenses for eligible applicants, regardless of their immigration status.  This […]

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Immigration Policy in the States: A Roundup

Immigration Policy in the States: A Roundup

As Congress begins to debate how to overhaul the nation’s immigration laws on the federal level, state governors who previously staked out anti-immigrant positions are quieter. And in a change from previous years, few measures that mimic provisions of Arizona’s SB-1070 have been proposed in state legislatures. That’s not to say there isn’t still some […]

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Out of Legal Options, Alabama Files Petition at Supreme Court

Out of Legal Options, Alabama Files Petition at Supreme Court

Nearly five months ago, a federal appeals court in Atlanta issued a set of opinions that invalidated numerous provisions of Alabama HB 56, the most pernicious state immigration law in the country. After Alabama asked the full court to reconsider its rulings, the active judges unanimously rejected its request. Out of other legal options, the […]

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Colorado Digs Itself Into a Fiscal Hole in the Name of Immigration Enforcement

Colorado Digs Itself Into a Fiscal Hole in the Name of Immigration Enforcement

At a time when state budget deficits are growing larger, you might think that state governments would avoid imposing costly, unfunded mandates on themselves. Yet that is exactly what states are doing when they pass laws that transform their police officers into proxy immigration agents. As officers spend more of their scarce resources and time […]

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Kansans Push for Kobach Recall

Kansans Push for Kobach Recall

Activists in Kansas are mounting a campaign to recall the state’s Secretary of State and notorious immigration restrictionist Kris Kobach.  According to the Associated Press, there is a movement to collect signatures to recall him.  For months, several groups have held rallies and press conferences, accusing Kobach of spending too much time working on his […]

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Agriculture Industry Harmed by Restrictive State Immigration Laws

Agriculture Industry Harmed by Restrictive State Immigration Laws

The American agricultural industry is facing billions of dollars in losses due to labor shortages resulting from recent anti-immigrant laws passed in various states around the country.  The American farming industry is heavily dependent on undocumented workers, and according to a recent article in Time Magazine, has had an extremely difficult time replacing those who […]

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Alabama Ruling Yet Another Rebuke to State Immigration Laws

Alabama Ruling Yet Another Rebuke to State Immigration Laws

As with the Supreme Court’s recent opinion on Arizona SB 1070, initial media coverage portrayed the (technically) mixed rulings on the Alabama and Georgia immigration laws as a split decision. But do not be fooled: yesterday’s opinions from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit represent a sweeping win for the immigrants’ rights […]

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States Apply Brakes on Immigration Legislation in 2012

States Apply Brakes on Immigration Legislation in 2012

The National Conference on State Legislatures (NCSL) released its annual review of immigration legislation moving in statehouses around the country. NCSL found a significant, 40% decrease in the introduction of immigration legislation and a 20% decrease in states enacting immigration-related laws when compared to 2011. This decline is the first in years, and is reportedly […]

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