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STATE IMMIGRATION LAWS

State Map Immigration legislation rebounded in 2013 after a drop-off in 2012, Lawmakers in 45 states and the District of Columbia enacted 184 laws and 253 resolutions related to immigration, for a total of 437. This is an increase of 64 percent from the 267 laws and resolutions enacted in 2012. Jan. 21, 2013.

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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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CHILD MIGRANTS TO THE U.S.

child immigration The U.S. is experiencing a dramatic increase in the number of unaccompanied children arriving on the southern border, gaining humanitarian and political attention and challenging federal and state resources and management. As of June 14, 2014, more than 52,000 children have been apprehended, a doubling of arrivals compared to last year.

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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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  • Child Migrants to the United States

    This brief highlights recent trends in arrivals of unaccompanied children, an overview of the federal unaccompanied minor program, federal budget proposals, and benefit eligibility for unaccompanied migrant children.

  • Foreign-born Workers in the United States

    This issue brief complements the NCSL document “Snapshot on U.S. Immigration: 2011,” which provides an overview of the demographics of the foreign-born population. This snapshot focuses on immigrants in the labor force: the composition of immigrant workers and immigration visas and the role immigrant workers play in the current labor market. Finally, this snapshot provides labor market projections for native-born and foreign-born workers in the United States.

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