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State Immigration Laws

Enacted legislation related to immigration decreased in 2020 by 30% to 127 laws, compared with 181 laws in 2019. Many state legislatures took a break from the topic of immigration in 2020 as the pandemic and economic crises created new priorities for legislative action. States offered pandemic relief, including health care for immigrant seniors, and also continued working on professional licenses for immigrants.


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Legal Aid for Unaccompanied Children in the U.S. Illegally

Children entering the United States alone are afforded certain protections under the U.S. immigration law, but legal counsel is not one of them. Federal, state and local governments, as well as nonprofit organizations, work to provide legal pro bono services to children who enter the U.S. illegally and are facing removal.





Immigrants and Public Charge

The final public charge rule is in effect, pending continuing litigation. The rule dramatically expands the definition of “dependence” on government assistance for legal immigrants.. Nov. 6, 2020



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.