New Report Highlights 2018 State Immigration Legislation


Enacted legislation related to immigration decreased by 13 percent in the first half of 2018

NCSL press release Washington, D.C. – In 2018, lawmakers in 43 states enacted 116 laws and 175 resolutions related to immigration according to a new annual report released by the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL).

The report, “State Immigration Laws, January-June 2018”, summarizes laws and resolutions enacted by 43 states and Puerto Rico in the first half of 2018. Four states were not in session in 2018.

Most are budget and appropriations laws (42 percent). These laws authorize funds for such purposes as providing for immigration enforcement, immigrant integration, English language and citizenship classes and migrant and refugee programs. The second largest category, 15 percent, dealt with education such as immigration and residency requirements for higher education and inclusion of the federal naturalization exam in high school civics requirements.

This NCSL report offers a comparative look to 2010-2017 state legislation, as well as looks at 2018 trends related to immigration, including sanctuary policies, refugees, civics and in-state tuition.

Read the 2018 Immigration Report.



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