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STATE IMMIGRATION LAWS

State Map Lawmakers in statehouses across the United States approved 171 immigration-related laws in 2014,representing a 7.5 percent decline since 2013,. The number of resolutions returned to a normal level (117) after last year’s spike in activity (231). Jan.7, 2015.

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2015 IMMIGRATION WEBINAR SERIES

WebinarThis page provides information on upcoming NCSL Immigration webinars and archived recordings of past webinars in this series.

 

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IMMIGRANT INVESTOR VISAS (EB-5)

capitol domeThe Employment-Based preference 5 visa (EB-5) was created to help attract foreign investment and support job creation in rural or high unemployment areas.  The program provides up to 10,000 visas per year for foreign investors to earn permanent residence if they invest a minimum of $1 million, or $500,000 in a targeted employment area (TEA), and create or preserve at least 10 jobs for U.S. workers.

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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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  • Immigrant Investor Visas (EB-5)

    The Immigrant Investor program was created under the Immigration Act of 1990 to help attract foreign investment and support job creation in rural or high unemployment areas.

  • White House Immigration Executive Action | Summary

    This page contains information about the changes to the immigration rules in the area of border enforcement, deferred action for deportation and relief for legal immigrants as a result of President Obama's executive action on Nov. 20, 2014.

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