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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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Farm Bureau Warns Enforcement-Only Immigration Reform Would Harm America’s Food Supply

Farm Bureau Warns Enforcement-Only Immigration Reform Would Harm America’s Food Supply

The on-the-ground harm of enforcement-only state immigration policies is clear. The “self-deportation” style laws in Arizona, Alabama, and Georgia all dealt severe blows to the states’ economies, particularly the agricultural industries. A federal enforcement-only approach to immigration reform would have a similarly harmful impact, leading to a decline in food production and higher food prices [...]

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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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Why 2013 Was the Year of Positive State Immigration Measures

Why 2013 Was the Year of Positive State Immigration Measures

States took the lead on immigration reform in 2013, and compared to previous years, the majority  were positive measures to help integrate and improve the day-to-day lives of immigrants in their respective states. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures’ (NCSL) 2013 Immigration Report, 45 states passed 184 immigration-related laws in 2013 and adopted [...]

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House Immigration Bill Promotes Old Model Immigration Solutions

House Immigration Bill Promotes Old Model Immigration Solutions

Today the House held a hearing on H.R. 2278, the “Strengthen and Fortify Enforcement Act” (the SAFE Act), which is designed, as its name suggests, to be a lopsided, enforcement-only bill that imposes additional criminal penalties, border security, and detention and deportation, while encouraging discredited policies such as self-deportation and state interference with immigration law. [...]

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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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Countdown of the Top Five Immigration Stories of 2012

Countdown of the Top Five Immigration Stories of 2012

In the beginning of 2012, the landscape of the immigration world looked much different.  Pro-immigrant groups were coming off of a rough few years that saw the failure of the DREAM Act, a spike in deportations under President Obama, and the passage of several state-level restrictionist bills like Arizona’s infamous SB 1070 and Alabama’s HB [...]

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Arizona Faces Lawsuit over DACA Driver’s License Policy

Arizona Faces Lawsuit over DACA Driver’s License Policy

Less than six months after it received a stinging rebuke from the Supreme Court, Arizona today was hit with another major lawsuit over its punitive immigration policies—this time challenging its practice of denying driver’s licenses to beneficiaries of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Filed in federal court in Phoenix, the class-action suit [...]

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Immigration (Finally) Takes the Stage at a Presidential Debate

Immigration (Finally) Takes the Stage at a Presidential Debate

George W. Bush made several appearances in last night’s presidential debate, but perhaps nowhere with greater effect than when President Obama contrasted Governor Mitt Romney’s position on immigration reform.  Where President Bush supported comprehensive immigration reform, declared President Obama, Governor Romney supports “self-deportation” and Arizona style anti-immigrant laws.  Moderator Candy Crowley then segued into a [...]

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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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