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August 11, 2007

2007 Enacted State Legislation Related to Immigrants and Immigration

In the continued absence of comprehensive immigration reform from the federal level, states have displayed an unprecedented amount of legislative activity – and have developed a variety of their own approaches and solutions to correct our broken immigration system. As of July 2, 2007, no fewer than 1404 pieces of legislation related to immigrants and immigration had been introduced among the 50 state legislatures, meaning that state legislators have introduced roughly two and a half times more bills in 2007, than in 2006. In fact, from January to July 2, 2007, 170 bills became law in 41 states, with another four bills reaching all the way to the state Governor's office before being vetoed. An additional twelve bills are currently pending gubernatorial approval. Furthermore, several states remain in session, leaving open the possibility that additional legislation related to immigrants will be introduced, and possibly enacted, later this year.

Earlier this week, the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) published a quantitative overview of introduced legislation and brief analysis of enacted laws relating to immigrants and refugees. This report, entitled, "2007 Enacted State Legislation Related to Immigrants and Immigration,” includes legislative proposals and laws solely concerned with immigration enforcement, and also all those in which immigrants-–whether authorized or undocumented--migrants, aliens and refugees are affected.

Visit the NCSL homepage to download and read the full report; http://www.ncsl.org/programs/immig/2007ImmigrationUpdate.htm#Public

Posted by VisaLawyer at August 11, 2007 08:11 AM

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