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After Five Years, Are Challenges to SB 1070 Coming to an End?

Written by on September 17, 2015 in State and Local with 0 Comments
After Five Years, Are Challenges to SB 1070 Coming to an End?

A federal judge in Arizona issued a decision on September 4, which some say signals the end of years of legal challenges against Arizona’s SB 1070 law. For the most part, the law has been gutted, drastically reducing much of the negative impact of this wrong-headed, draconian state immigration law, which made Arizona the subject […]

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Birthright Citizenship: What It Is and Why We Need to Preserve It

Written by on August 21, 2015 in Birthright Citizenship with 3 Comments
Birthright Citizenship: What It Is and Why We Need to Preserve It

There has been a media frenzy over one of the more draconian components of Republican presidential contender Donald Trump’s immigration policy platform. In his plan, released earlier this week, he writes that the U.S. should “End Birthright Citizenship.” However, despite the attention Trump is getting for this, he is not the first—nor the last—to suggest […]

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Annual Review of State-Level Immigration Policy Still Trending Pro-Immigrant

Written by on August 11, 2015 in Integration, State and Local with 0 Comments
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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Report Documents Dramatic Shift in State Immigration Policies

Written by on March 25, 2014 in Elections, State and Local with 0 Comments
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

Written by on February 13, 2014 in Economics, Enforcement, Reform, State and Local with 2 Comments
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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States Drive Positive Change on Immigration While House Is Stuck in Low Gear

States Drive Positive Change on Immigration While House Is Stuck in Low Gear

Despite the slow pace of immigration reform in the House of Representatives, it has been a banner year for legislation at the state level to help undocumented immigrants living in the U.S. As the National Immigration Law Center (NILC) explains in a new report, “Inclusive Policies Advance Dramatically in the States,” state legislatures approved laws […]

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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

Written by on March 1, 2013 in Legislation, Reform, State and Local with 0 Comments
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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