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Immigration

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State Immigration Laws

Enacted legislation related to immigration increased in 2019 by 3% to 181 laws, compared with 175 laws in 2018. Trends included the 2020 census, offices or task forces on immigration, occupational licensing, driver’s licenses, and sanctuary policies/immigration enforcement.

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 Supreme Court Ruling on DACA

In Department of Homeland Security v. Regents of the University of California, the Supreme Court found that the rescission of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in 2017 was arbitrary and capricious in violation of the Administrative Procedures Act.

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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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