Immigration Laws Increased in 2015

2/11/2016

NCSL NewsNew NCSL Report Finds 26 Percent Increase Over 2014

Washington, D.C.— The number of immigration-related laws increased in 2015, a 26 percent increase from the previous year. A new report from the National Conference of State Legislatures shows 49 states and Puerto Rico enacted 216 laws and 274 resolutions in 2015, compared to the 171 laws and 117 resolutions enacted in 2014.

The Immigrant Policy Project’s Report on 2015 State Immigration Laws examines state laws and resolutions enacted in the states in 2015 regarding legal immigrants, migrant and seasonal workers, refugees, and unauthorized immigrants.

According to the report, resolutions accounted for 41 percent of all enacted legislation related to immigration. Thirteen percent of all laws are budgets and appropriations laws, while legislation related to enforcement came in third with 9 percent.

Some of the trends and highlights that the report goes into revolve around the following subjects:

  • Education
  • Identification documents
  • Licensing
  • Human Trafficking
  • Law Enforcement
  • Refugees

More detailed information on these issue and many more can be found in the full report. NCSL has been reporting on state immigration laws and resolutions since 2005. 

The full report is for immediate release and available here


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