Fed Up with the Feds: States Continue Trend of Regulating Immigrants in 2008

The National Conference of State Legislatures has issued its latest report summarizing new legislation related to immigrants and refugees introduced by the states this year.

As of March 31, 2008 at least 1,106 bills have been considered in 44 states, some aimed at integrating immigrants, others aimed at deterring illegal immigration, according to the report.

The level of activity this year is comparable to this same time last year when 1169 bills and resolutions had been introduced as of April 13, 2007.

The top three areas registering the most activity are, as in recent years, law enforcement, employment, and identification documents.

The study identifies the following 10 areas attracting immigrant-related legislation this year: education, employment, health, human trafficking, id/driver’s licenses/other licenses, law enforcement, legal services, miscellaneous, omnibus/multi-issue, public benefits, voting resolutions.

The report is available here: http://www.ncsl.org/print/immig/immigreportapril2008.pdf

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