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How Some States Are Leading the Way on Immigrant Integration

How Some States Are Leading the Way on Immigrant Integration

Several notable developments took place in states across the U.S. over the past several months in 2016. In California, several recently passed immigration-related laws–collectively known as the “California Package” –are now being implemented. For example, a law that extends professional and commercial licenses to anyone, regardless of immigration status, was implemented January 1 of this […]

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What This Primary Season Teaches Politicians About Leaning-In To Immigration

Written by on June 11, 2014 in Elections with 1 Comment
What This Primary Season Teaches Politicians About Leaning-In To Immigration

Within minutes of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s historic primary defeat to an obscure Tea Party candidate on Tuesday, political strategists and media pundits began to weigh the role immigration reform played in his loss. Some even began to sound the death knell for immigration legislation this year. To determine whether Cantor won or lost […]

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State Lawmakers Push for Reforms to Make College Affordable for Young Immigrants

Written by on January 7, 2014 in Integration, State and Local with 0 Comments
State Lawmakers Push for Reforms to Make College Affordable for Young Immigrants

The movement for in-state tuition for undocumented immigrants got off to a quick start in 2014 when Virginia state Del. Alfonso H. Lopez (D) introduced the Virginia Tuition Equality Act. This is the third time Lopez has attempted to pass the bill, which would permit undocumented residents to pay in- state tuition rates. During the […]

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Immigrants Play Key Role in Virginia’s Economy

Immigrants Play Key Role in Virginia’s Economy

Recent state-level immigration battles are often characterized by a great deal of negative attention and not enough positive information about immigrants living in those states.  Unfounded claims about the costs of immigration overlook the benefits and contributions immigrants make to American communities.  Fortunately, some organizations are dedicated to pushing back on the negativity and publishing […]

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More States Introduce Costly Immigration Enforcement Bills in 2012

Written by on February 3, 2012 in Enforcement, Legislation, State and Local with 2 Comments
More States Introduce Costly Immigration Enforcement Bills in 2012

Despite the devastating consequences of state immigration laws in Alabama and Arizona, legislators in other states have introduced similar enforcement bills this year. Legislators in Mississippi, Missouri, Tennessee and Virginia introduced an array of costly immigration enforcement bills in their 2012 legislative sessions—some which are modeled on Arizona’s SB 1070. While study after study continues […]

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Heads Up, Virginia, Anti-Immigrant Agenda Could Be 2012 Legislative Focal Point

Written by on November 21, 2011 in Enforcement, State and Local with 0 Comments
Heads Up, Virginia, Anti-Immigrant Agenda Could Be 2012 Legislative Focal Point

BY CLAIRE GUTHRIE GASTAÑAGA The Virginia General Assembly that convenes in January 2012 will be much changed from the one that it replaces.  Effective control of Virginia’s government—a Governor, House of Delegates and Senate— is now in the hands of legislators who have consistently sought to lead Virginia in the direction of states like Arizona […]

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