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

May 20, 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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USCIS List of EB-5 Regional Centers; 2 New Centers in CA Approved

May 17, 2008

[NOTE: THE REGIONAL CENTER LIST HAS BEEN UPDATED. PLEASE SEE THE REVISED LIST HERE: EB-5 Regional Center List Grows; 2 New FL Projects]

The Immigrant Investor (EB-5) Pilot Program is designed to encourage foreign investment by providing a vehicle for investment in the form of an economic unit called a “Regional Center.” The Regional Centers are private or public entities that have received government approval to participate in the program. They enable the amassing and pooling of capital for targeted investment in designated regions in the United States.

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