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NCSL and the National Association of Counties (NACo) hosted a series of events Thursday in Washington, D.C., highlighting state concerns over immigration policy.

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Hunger Partnership: New 'Bringing Legislators to the Table' Report Available

Back by popular demand, NCSL is releasing a third edition of “Bringing Legislators to the Table: Addressing Hunger through Public-Private Partnerships."

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Supreme Court to Review DACA

In Department of Homeland Security v. Regents of the University of California the Supreme Court will decide whether the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is judicially reviewable and lawful. Three lower courts have concluded ending the policy is both reviewable and likely unlawful.  

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Emergency Supplemental Appropriations for Southern Border Crisis Goes to Senate Floor

The Senate Committee on Appropriations, led by Senators Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) and Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), passed its first appropriations bill of the 116th Congress, the bipartisan border supplemental appropriations bill by a vote of 30-1 on June 19. Senator Jeff Merkley (R-Ore.) was the lone “no” vote.

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U.S. House Passes American Dream and Promise Act of 2019

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the American Dream and Promise Act of 2019 (Dream Act) by 237 to 187 last week. Seven Republicans crossed the aisle to vote with Democrats.

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Homeland Security Secretary Nielsen Testifies before Congress on Border Security

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen testified last week before the House Homeland Security Committee to advocate for Congress to take legislative action on securing the U.S. southern border.

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National Emergency Declaration, Explained

The federal government faces another possible shutdown on Friday at midnight, if an agreement over funding for a border wall isn’t found. It’s also possible President Donald Trump may, by executive order, declare a national emergency to build the wall.  We decided to take a closer look at that process.

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NCSL Resources on Issues of State Concern Raised During the State of the Union

President Donald Trump touched on a number of issues of significant interest to states during Tuesday's State of the Union address. Here are NCSL resources related to those issues. 

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Immigration Task Force: Bipartisanship in States, Enforcement By Feds

With five hard-hitting sessions in less than five hours, state legislators and legislative staff tackled a myriad of immigration topics at the preconference meeting of the NCSL Task Force on Immigration and the States.

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Unaccompanied Minors and the Flores Settlement Agreement: What to Know

The Flores settlement requires that minors in INS custody must be housed in facilities that meet certain standards, including state standards for housing and care of dependent children.

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