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STATE IMMIGRATION LAWS

State Map In the first half of 2014, enacted legislation dealing with immigration decreased by nine percent from 146 to 132 laws in 2013. The number of resolutions returned to a normal level (84) after last year’s spike in activity (231). Aug. 20, 2014.

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FEDERAL IMMIGRATION REFORM

capitol The “Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act" (S.744) passed the Senate 68-32 on June 27, 2013.  See NCSL's statement, bill summary, and section by section here.

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DEFFERED ACTION FOR CHILDHOOD ARRIVALS

capitol domeFederal policy issued in June 2012 allows young unauthorized immigrants who are low enforcement priorities to remain in the country temporarily. This brief summarizes the federal policy and examples of state responses related to driver's licenses, in-state tuition, health and legal service protections. Nov. 18, 2014.

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FISCAL/ECONOMIC IMPACTS

NCSL has compiled information on demographics, fiscal impacts and economic impacts of immigrants in the United States. Summaries of national and state studies, snapshots, podcasts, and powerpoints are available. 

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OVERVIEW | IMMIGRATION

The Immigrant Policy Project was established in 1992 to examine the role of state and local government in the development and implementation of immigrant policy.  Once immigrants and refugees have entered the United States, state and local governments are responsible for a range of policies affecting them, from education to law enforcement, from employment to health and human services.  States implement programs required by federal law, provide services mandated by the courts, and initiate programs and policies to serve the specialized needs of their new citizens.  The Immigrant Policy Project provides nonpartisan research, analysis, and technical assistance to state legislators and legislative staff across the country on federal and state immigration-related laws and promising practices in immigrant integration. 

TASK FORCE

PassportThe NCSL Executive Committee Task Force on Immigration and the States was created with the dual purpose of providing a forum for states to exchange ideas and promising practices while helping legislators understand the implications of federal immigration reform proposals on their states.

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IMMIGRATION DATABASE

This searchable datase contains enacted state laws and resolutions since 2008.  Topics include budget, education, employment, health, human trafficking, IDs/driver's licenses, law enforcement and public benefits.

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