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Immigration

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State Immigration Laws

In 2018, enacted legislation related to immigration decreased by 15 percent to 175 laws compared with 206 laws in 2017. Trends in 2018 included occupational licensing, sanctuary policies, refugees and education/civics.

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Sanctuary Policies

This brief provides background on so-called sanctuary policies and answers frequently asked questions. President Donald Trump issued two executive orders addressing immigration issues in 2017.

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IMMIGRATION

Immigration

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Immigrants and Public Charge

This brief describes the Department of Homeland Security's Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in the Federal Register that would revise the 1999 rule and dramatically expand the definition of public charge (primarily dependent on government assistance) for legal immigrants. It includes a link to NCSL's letter.

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U.S. Immigration Primer

This primer for state policymakers is intended to provide a clear and concise introduction to current U.S. immigration and refugee policy, trends in state immigration legislation, and key studies that assess the fiscal and economic impacts of immigration.

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Immigration and the States

The NCSL Executive Committee Task Force on Immigration and the States provides a forum for states to exchange ideas and 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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Overview