Report on State Immigration Laws | 2019

3/30/2020

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Introduction

Immigration remains a high-profile topic nationally and in state legislatures. While congressional efforts face a stalemate in overhauling the national immigration system, last achieved in 1986, state legislators are taking action where they can. Over the last 10 years, state legislators have enacted an average of 153 laws per year. Perennial debates have included the appropriate role for states in civil or criminal immigration enforcement, weighing compliance with immigration detainers or collaboration on drug smuggling, gangs, and human trafficking. They also considered the public safety value of issuing state driver’s licenses and the educational worth of extending in-state tuition benefits. In recent years, as baby boomers retire and labor shortages develop in certain fields, legislators have looked at the untapped talent of foreign-trained professionals and enacted laws to make state licensing and credentialing more transparent and effective. States also adopted resolutions, seeking congressional or administrative action on immigration. One day, these state-level approaches may yield innovations that help advance national immigration reform.

What Are the Numbers?

Enacted legislation related to immigration increased in 2019 by 3% to 181 laws, compared with 175 laws in 2018. The number of resolutions decreased by 39% to 135 from 222. Lawmakers in 45 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico enacted 181 laws and 135 resolutions related to immigration, for a total of 316. An additional 16 bills were vetoed by governors. Alabama, Alaska, Mississippi, West Virginia and Wisconsin did not enact immigration-related legislation in 2019.

Trends

Census. Eight states addressed the 2020 census and immigrant residents. California, Colorado, Massachusetts, Illinois and Rhode Island enacted laws and resolutions promoting an accurate count of immigrant communities for the forthcoming 2020 census. Colorado and Massachusetts also funded outreach grant programs for hard-to-count communities, including immigrants. Montana adopted resolutions asking Congress for a citizenship question to be included in the census, while Nevada passed a resolution opposing a citizenship question. Kentucky adopted a resolution opposing illegal immigrants being counted in the census. California made it a misdemeanor to misidentify oneself as a census employee conducting a government census and Illinois banned census data from being shared with immigration and law enforcement agencies.

Offices/task forces on immigration and integration. Four states—Illinois, Michigan, Nevada and Vermont—passed legislation to create a task force to provide services and resources to new immigrants. Vermont’s law specifically focused on workforce development, while task forces in Michigan, Nevada and Illinois are charged with reviewing state resources available to new Americans. The Michigan and Illinois task forces will review and report on federal immigration enforcement in their respective states. New Jersey’s governor signed Executive Order 74 creating an Interagency Workgroup on New American Integration and requiring the departments of Human Services and Labor and Workforce Development to improve immigrant and refugee integration, including creating an Office of New Americans.

Occupational licensing. Nine states enacted measures to expand licensing and credentialing options for citizens and noncitizens with professional training. Arkansas authorized the State Board of Nursing to license recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and added a medical fellowship as a method for a foreign medical graduate to obtain a license to practice medicine. California, Illinois and Nevada prohibited denying occupational or professional licenses based solely on the applicant's citizenship or immigration status. Maine repealed a residency provision for applicants and a character reference requirement for foreign-trained applicants. New Jersey established a pilot program for licensing those with a barber's license from another state or foreign country. Oregon required professional licensing boards to study how immigrants or refugees become licensed and to reduce barriers for them. Vermont required the Department of Labor to help employers address the unique language, transportation, cultural and other challenges for new Americans in the workforce. Washington’s statewide work group will develop strategies with private-sector businesses, labor and immigrant advocacy organizations to support industries, strengthen career pathways for immigrants, provide predictability and stability in the agriculture workforce, and recommend approaches to attract and retain immigrant business owners.

Driver’s licenses. New Jersey, New York and Oregon became the most recent states to enact legislation extending driver’s licenses and identification cards to those without proof of lawful presence. New Hampshire established a commission to study licensing drivers from foreign countries and make recommendations.

Sanctuary policies/immigration enforcement. While there is no legal definition for sanctuary policies, the term is applied to jurisdictions that limit cooperation with federal immigration authorities. Ten states and the District of Columbia addressed immigration enforcement. Arkansas made municipalities that enact a sanctuary policy ineligible for state discretionary funds and Florida prohibited the state, localities or law enforcement agencies from adopting a sanctuary policy. California and the District of Columbia limit state law enforcement agencies from sharing information regarding an individual's citizenship or immigration status for the purpose of immigration enforcement. Colorado, Connecticut and the District of Columbia established limits on civil immigration detainers. Illinois prohibits a state law enforcement agency or official from entering into an agreement with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Washington requires the attorney general to publish model policies for limiting immigration enforcement, consistent with federal and state law, at public schools, health facilities, courthouses and shelters. Oregon appropriated $2 million for the Innovation Law Lab to help connect immigrants with legal assistance. Vermont allows additional restrictions on law enforcement agency communication and involvement with federal immigration authorities or communications regarding citizenship or immigration status. Nevada requires those questioning a prisoner in the custody of a county or city jail or detention facility about his or her immigration status to inform the prisoner of the purpose of those questions.

Education/civics. In 2019, Indiana, Nebraska and Texas became the latest states to add portions of the federal naturalization exam to high school civics curricula and testing requirements. Arkansas allowed DACA students to be eligible for in-state tuition.

Requests for federal action. In 2019, 12 states—Arkansas, California, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Montana, North Dakota, New Jersey, Nevada, South Dakota, Texas and Utah—adopted 22 resolutions seeking congressional or administrative action on immigration. Georgia, Illinois and Kentucky adopted resolutions urging the enactment of legislation to secure the citizenship of internationally adopted individuals. Five states—Georgia, Kentucky, North Dakota, South Dakota and Texas—passed resolutions calling for increased funding to secure the U.S.-Mexican border. Arkansas supported President Donald Trump and the Arkansas congressional delegation on the border security issue and urged a long-term funding solution. California and Illinois urged Congress to grant visas to DACA-eligible children. California urged repeal of regulations adopted by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on public charge, meaning dependent on government assistance.

2019 enacted laws

  • The largest category—25% of all laws—are budget and appropriations laws, authorizing funds for purposes including immigration enforcement, immigrant integration, English literacy classes, and migrant and refugee services. 
  • Legislation related to law enforcement, such as communicating with federal immigration agencies, complying with immigration detainers, certification for U visas and providing legal services, accounted for 19%. 
  • 18% of laws focused on employment, work authorization and E-Verify, limiting workers’ compensation or unemployment insurance. A new trend is legislation addressing occupational licensing and certification for foreign-trained professionals.
  • 12% of laws dealt with education, addressing immigration and residency requirements for access to higher education, in-state tuition or financial assistance at educational institutions. A new trend is legislation to include the federal naturalization exam in high school civics requirements. 
  • 8% of laws addressed public benefits such as eligibility for social services or assisting those with special immigrant juvenile status.
  • Legislation related to IDs/driver’s licenses and other licenses made up 5% of all enacted laws on immigration. 
  • 5% of laws related to health, such as eligibility criteria for health care programs, language access or licensing related to health professionals. 
  • 2% of laws addressed human trafficking, such as penalties for withholding or destroying immigration documents and providing assistance to victims. 

Methodology: This report summarizes laws and resolutions enacted between January and December 2019. Laws included in this overview address legal immigrants, migrant and seasonal workers, refugees or unauthorized immigrants. Terms used in this report by and large reflect those used in the state legislation. In some state legislative language, unauthorized immigrants are also described as “illegal immigrants,” “undocumented immigrants” or “aliens.”

 

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Budget

Lawmakers in 23 states and the District of Columbia enacted 45 laws appropriating funds for various immigration services. Those states are Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas and Washington.

These laws typically appropriate funds for refugee services, migrant health, naturalization services, law enforcement, or education and English as a Second Language (ESL) programs.

Examples:

  • California AB 74. This budget law includes funds for legal services to unaccompanied, undocumented minors and for immigrant integration; mental health assessments in support of applications for immigration remedies, such as asylum-seekers and applicants for T visas, U visas and Special Immigrant Juvenile status; and a Rapid Response Program to provide contracts or grants to entities, including nonprofit organizations, that provide critical assistance to immigrants during emergent situations when federal funding is not available to support such assistance.
  • Colorado HB 1239. This legislation, the Every Person Counts in Colorado Act, promotes an accurate count in the decennial census by creating a census outreach grant program for hard-to-count communities. These are communities and populations that have been historically undercounted by previous censuses. They include children under 5 years old, racial and ethnic minorities, communities of color, American Indians and Alaskan Natives, people with disabilities, people with low incomes, immigrants, people who speak and understand limited amounts of English, people living in rural areas, those without sufficient internet access, adults ages 60 and older, and people who are transient or homeless.
  • Iowa HB 758. This appropriations law funds a pilot project to provide supplemental support services for international refugees to improve learning, English literacy, life skills, cultural competencies and integration in a county with a population over 350,000 as determined by the 2010 census. The pilot project will provide access to international resources for Iowans and new Iowans to provide economic and leadership development, resulting in Iowa being a more inclusive and welcoming place to live, work and raise a family.
  • Massachusetts HB 4000. This budget law for 2020 includes funds for a statewide competitive grant program to ensure a complete and accurate count in the 2020 census, with tailored outreach and support to homeless populations, households with limited English and immigrant communities. It also includes funding for the Massachusetts Office for Refugees and Immigrants and services for refugees.
  • Michigan HB 4239. This budget law appropriates funds for the Department of Regulatory and Licensing and includes funds for refugee services and the Michigan Office for New Americans. The office, along with the Asian Pacific American Affairs Commission, the Commission on Middle Eastern American Affairs and the Hispanic/Latino Commission of Michigan, must submit a report to the legislature by Jan. 31, 2020. The report must include the number of education and workforce training programs the office conducted, the number of people the office helped navigate the immigration system, and a description of the activities the office conducted to attract and retain international, advanced degree and entrepreneurial talent.
  • Minnesota HB 2a. This budget law funds the Department of Employment and Economic Development. It includes a one-time grant to the Construction Careers Foundation for the construction career pathway initiative to provide year-round educational and experiential learning opportunities for teens and young adults under age 21 that lead to careers in the construction industry. Programs and services supported by grant funds must give priority to individuals and groups that are economically disadvantaged or historically underrepresented in the construction industry, including women, veterans, and members of minority and immigrant groups.
  • New Jersey AB 5610. This supplemental appropriations law includes grants for legal assistance to individuals facing detention or deportation based on their immigration status.
  • South Carolina HB 4000. This appropriations law includes a provision that no state funds shall be expended to assist in the U.S. Refugee Resettlement Program unless the county council in the county where the resettlement is to occur approves the relocation. It includes funds for the state criminal alien assistance program and the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation’s responsibilities under the South Carolina Illegal Immigration Reform Act. At the request of the Commission on Minority Affairs, the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation must provide assistance to establish and maintain a 24-hour toll-free telephone number and website. The purpose is to receive and report allegations of violations of federal immigration laws or related provisions of South Carolina law—either by or against—any non-U.S. citizen or immigrant. These include violating E-Verify or other federal work authorization program, immigration assistance services, regulations governing the operation of immigration assistance services, human trafficking laws, landlord tenant laws, or any law pertaining to the provision or receipt of public assistance benefits or public services. It also includes false or fraudulent statements made or documents filed in relation to an immigration matter.
  • Texas HB 1. This appropriations law includes grants to local political subdivisions to support Operation Border Star. The grant funds may also be awarded for the humane processing of the remains of undocumented migrants or to an established regional center for public safety excellence to provide training to law enforcement personnel conducting border security operations. The law also includes funds for the state criminal alien assistance program, U.S.-Mexico Immigration Center, Texas-Mexico border health, economic development at the border, and a report on border security cost-containment efforts.

Education

Lawmakers in 12 states enacted 22 laws: Arkansas, California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Nebraska, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Texas.

These laws usually pertain to immigration and residency requirements for access to higher education, in-state tuition, or financial assistance at educational institutions. Some laws address enhanced learning for refugees or English learners. A recent trend is legislation to include the federal naturalization exam in high school civics requirements.

Examples:

  • Arkansas HB 1684. This legislation permits graduates of a state public or private high school who have resided in the state for a certain amount of time to receive in-state tuition and fees at a state-supported institution of higher education. Applicants must 1) hold a federal work permit or be the child of someone with a work permit, 2) be an Arkansas resident legally present from the Republic of the Marshall Islands or 3) be a DACA recipient.
  • California AB 1645. This legislation requires California Community Colleges and California State University, and requests the University of California, to designate a “Dreamer” resource liaison on each of their campuses. The liaison will assist students, including undocumented students, in meeting specified requirements by streamlining access to all available financial aid, social services, state funding, immigration legal services, internships, externships and academic opportunities.
  • Colorado HB 1196. This legislation allows certain undocumented students who meet the criteria for classification as in-state students for tuition purposes to be eligible for state-funded financial assistance programs offered by the Department of Higher Education.
  • Indiana SB 132. This law requires each high school to administer the naturalization examination provided by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services as part of the United States government credit.
  • Nebraska LB 399. This law requires the school social studies curriculum to include a written test identical to the entire civics portion of the naturalization test used by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services prior to completing eighth grade and again prior to completing 12th grade as one option to demonstrate understanding of American civics.
  • New York SB 1250. This law allows an applicant who is not a legal resident of the state but is a U.S. citizen, a permanent lawful resident, a lawful nonimmigrant alien or an applicant without lawful immigration status to be eligible for in-state tuition. The applicant must have attended a state high school for two years and graduated and applied for college within five years of receiving a high school diploma. A student without lawful immigration status shall also be required to file an affidavit with such institution of higher education stating that the student has filed an application to legalize his or her immigration status, or will file such an application as soon as he or she is eligible to do so. The law also creates a DREAM commission to raise private funds to assist with higher education costs.
  • Texas HB 1244. This law requires the civics education graduation test to include 10 questions randomly selected from the civics test administered by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services as part of the naturalization process.

For more information, please see NCSL’s publication on in-state tuition and unauthorized immigrant students.

Employment

Lawmakers in 15 states enacted 33 laws: Arkansas, California, Illinois, Maine, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Vermont, Washington and Wyoming.

These laws address eligibility for unemployment insurance, workers’ compensation, work authorization and E-Verify, employer retaliation and occupational licensing.

Examples:

  • Arkansas HB 1552. This legislation authorizes the state Board of Nursing to license recipients of the DACA program.
  • Illinois SB 1166. This law states that, except as otherwise provided by law, no department may deny an occupational or professional license based solely on the applicant's citizenship or immigration status. This provision does not grant eligibility for any public benefit other than a license.
  • Maine HB 1209. This law establishes a Foreign Credentialing and Skills Recognition Revolving Loan Program to provide financial assistance to immigrants who need help paying for certain costs (such as translating documents) prior to receiving a work permit and English or job instruction after receiving a work permit.
  • Nevada AB 275. This law prohibits a regulatory body from denying an application for a license, certificate or permit based solely on the applicant’s immigration or citizenship status. It also authorizes applicants to provide their individual taxpayer identification number on their application if the applicant does not have a Social Security number. The law repeals a requirement that licensees be a citizen of the United States or otherwise authorized to work in the United States.
  • Oregon SB 855. This law requires professional licensing boards to study how immigrants or refugees become licensed, certified or otherwise authorized in the occupational or professional service regulated by the professional licensing board. Each professional licensing board shall develop and implement methods to reduce barriers to licensure, certification or other authorization for applicants who may be immigrants or refugees. Licensing boards are required to report on progress to the Legislative Assembly.
  • Pennsylvania HB 1170. The Construction Industry Employee Verification Act prohibits employers from hiring unauthorized employees and requires the use of E-Verify.  
  • Vermont HB 533. This law requires the Vermont Department of Labor to increase the availability of training programs that lead to a credential of value. The department must assess tools needed for refugees to effectively apply preexisting educational and professional credentials in Vermont settings.
  • Washington SB 5438. This law aims to clarify the state's role in the H-2A temporary agricultural program to provide adequate protections for foreign and domestic workers and provide education and outreach opportunities to help growers maintain the stable workforce they need.
  • Washington SB 5497. This law establishes a "keep Washington working” statewide work group to: 1) develop strategies with private-sector businesses, labor and immigrant advocacy organizations to support current and future industries across the state, 2) conduct research on methods to strengthen career pathways for immigrants and create and enhance partnerships with projected growth industries, 3) support business and agriculture leadership, civic groups, government and immigrant advocacy organizations in a statewide effort to provide predictability and stability to the workforce in the agriculture industry, and 4) recommend approaches to improve Washington's ability to attract and retain immigrant business owners that provide new business and trade opportunities.

NCSL’s report on occupational licensing for work-authorized immigrants is available online.

Health

Lawmakers in nine states enacted 10 laws: California, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Montana, New Jersey, New York and Washington.

These laws typically pertain to eligibility requirements for Medicaid and the state Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), language access and eligibility criteria for licenses within the health profession.

Examples:

  • California SB 104. This law extends eligibility for full-scope Medi-Cal benefits to individuals 19 to 25 years of age who are otherwise eligible for those benefits but for their immigration status. It establishes the Healthy California for All Commission. The commission must submit a report to the legislature and the governor with an analysis of California's existing health care delivery system, along with options for a unified financing system and coverage expansions, including potential funding sources. Options shall include expansion for full-scope Medi-Cal to individuals over 64 years of age, regardless of immigration status.
  • Washington SB 5846. This law establishes the international medical graduate (IMG) work group to study barriers to practice and make recommendations on how the state can implement an assistance program to help IMGs integrate into the Washington health care delivery system. The work group must develop strategies and recommendations for reducing barriers for IMGs to obtain residency positions in Washington, including preresidency training.  

For more information, please see NCSL's publication on immigrant eligibility for health care.

Human Trafficking

Lawmakers in three states—Idaho, Maryland and Texas—passed four laws.

These laws provide benefits and protections to victims of human trafficking and address penalties for traffickers.

Examples:

  • Maryland SB 689. This law adds labor trafficking to Maryland’s criminal code. A person may not persuade another by force, fraud or coercion to provide services or labor. Coercion includes destroying or withholding a passport, immigration document or government ID of an individual; exposing information that would subject an individual to criminal or immigration proceedings; or notifying state or federal government that an individual is present in the United States in violation of federal immigration law.
  • Texas HB 888. This law makes it a class B misdemeanor for a person who knowingly misrepresents a child as his or her family member to a peace officer or federal special investigator at a port of entry. It requires the Health and Human Services Commission, to the extent permitted by federal law and regardless of the nationality of the child, to ensure a child who is used in the commission of such an offense is provided Medicaid benefits.

ID/Driver's License

Lawmakers in 10 states enacted 10 laws: Illinois, Indiana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas and Vermont.

In addition to providing for the eligibility of state-issued identification cards and driver’s licenses, these laws address a range of topics, including professional licenses, firearm permits, hunting and recreational permits, and documentation requirements for driver’s license applications.

Examples:

  • New Hampshire HB 140. This law establishes a commission to study the licensing of drivers from foreign countries and make recommendations.
  • New York AB 3675. This law allows driver's licenses to be issued to undocumented residents and protects the data of those applying for such privilege from unwarranted release.
  • Oregon HB 2015. This law eliminates the requirement that a person provide proof of legal presence before the Department of Transportation issues a noncommercial driver’s license, noncommercial driver’s permit or identification card.

NCSL’s report on driver’s licenses and immigrants is available online.

Law Enforcement

Lawmakers in 14 states and the District of Columbia enacted 35 laws: Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Nebraska, Nevada, New York, Oregon and Vermont.

These laws typically pertain to immigration enforcement and the requirements for communicating with federal law enforcement agencies or complying with immigration detainers. They also include certification for temporary visas for unauthorized immigrant victims or witnesses to crimes and providing legal services to noncitizens.

Examples:

  • Arkansas HB 1523. This law limits using restraints on an inmate or detainee verified to be pregnant, in labor or in post-partum recovery in a correctional or detention facility. A detainee includes a person detained under the immigration laws of the United States.
  • California AB 1563. This law makes it a misdemeanor for any person to falsely represent him or herself to be a public official or public employee conducting a government census. The measure aims to protect undocumented immigrants and encourage participation in the census.
  • California AB 1747. This law prohibits a state law enforcement agency from making information regarding an individual's citizenship or immigration status available to anyone or any entity for the purpose of immigration enforcement.
  • Colorado HB 1124. This law prohibits law enforcement officers from arresting or detaining an individual based on a civil immigration detainer request. The law does not preclude law enforcement officers from enforcing any criminal law or participating in coordinated law enforcement actions with federal law enforcement agencies in enforcing local, state or federal criminal laws.
  • Delaware SB 97. This law ratifies the National Crime Prevention and Privacy Compact Act. The compact organizes an electronic information-sharing system among the federal government and the states to exchange criminal history records for noncriminal justice purposes authorized by federal or state law. "Noncriminal justice purposes" is defined as using criminal history records for reasons other than those relating to criminal justice activities, including employment suitability, licensing determinations, immigration and naturalization matters, and national security clearances.
  • Florida SB 168. This law prohibits a state entity, local governmental entity or law enforcement agency from having a sanctuary policy, which is a law, policy, practice, procedure or custom that restricts a law enforcement agency’s ability to communicate with a federal immigration agency on immigration enforcement matters or comply with immigration detainers. The law also requires a county correctional facility to enter into an agreement with a federal immigration agency to pay costs associated with housing and detaining defendants.
  • Maryland HB 214. This law permits guardians or friends to request a petition for a U nonimmigrant visa for a victim of crime.
  • Nevada AB 336. This law requires the certifying agency for a temporary U immigration visa to determine whether the petitioner was the victim of applicable criminal activity and was helpful, is being helpful or is likely to be helpful to the investigation or prosecution of that criminal activity. The law prohibits a certifying agency from disclosing the immigration status of a petitioner unless the agency is required to do so because of federal law or a court order or the petitioner consents, in writing, to such a disclosure.
  • Oregon SB 962. This law directs agencies to certify to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services victims’ helpfulness in detecting, investigating or prosecuting qualifying criminal activity in response to U nonimmigrant visa requests.

NCSL’s FAQ on sanctuary policy.

Miscellaneous

Lawmakers in seven states enacted eight laws: California, Colorado, Illinois, Maine, Michigan, Nevada and Oklahoma.

This category typically includes immigration-related issues that do not fit in other categories and are addressed infrequently, memberships on task forces and commissions, and studies of immigration.

Examples:

  • California SB 225. This law permits a person, regardless of citizenship or immigration status, to be eligible to hold an appointed civil office if the person is 18 years of age and a resident of the state. It is the intent of the legislature to remove barriers to service and authorize all California residents, including those without lawful immigration status, to serve on California's diverse local and state boards and commissions so that their perspectives and voices are heard.
  • Illinois HB 3196. This law creates a one-year Immigration Task Force requiring legislative, executive and immigrant organizations to assess the status of immigrant communities in the state and make recommendations. Issues to assess include what Illinois is doing to help immigrant communities, including whether immigrants are receiving help to become citizens and business owners, and whether they are receiving aid for educational purposes. The organization will also assess the practices and procedures of the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency within Illinois and the use and condition of detention centers. A report is due by May 31, 2020.
  • Oklahoma HB 2618. This law requires any public body that collects personally identifiable data to make available on its website what is being stored, how it's being stored and with whom the information is being shared. Personally identifiable data includes name, Social Security number, official state- or government-issued driver’s license or identification number, alien registration number, government passport number, employer or taxpayer identification number, or any other information that is linked or linkable to an individual, such as medical, educational, financial or employment information.

Public Benefits

Lawmakers in nine states and the District of Columbia enacted 14 laws: California, Colorado, Illinois, Maine, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma and Oregon.

These laws address social service programs that affect all people covered by the programs—immigrants and nonimmigrants alike—and laws that ensure benefits are granted only to eligible immigrants.

Examples:

  • California AB 378. This law grants bargaining rights to child care workers. In its findings, the legislature notes that the early care and education workforce is almost exclusively female and predominantly people of color, including many recent immigrants, first-generation college students and working mothers.
  • New Mexico SB 23. This law creates a fostering connections program for young adults to provide health care, housing and other services. The citizenship or immigration status of a young adult may not be a factor when determining the young adult's eligibility for this program. Case management services to assist in the transition from fostering connections to adulthood include help obtaining employment or other financial support; a government-issued identification card; and appropriate community resources, including health, mental health, developmental disability and other disability services and support. Services also include assistance in applying for special immigrant juvenile status under federal law or applying for other immigration relief for which the eligible adult may be qualified.

Voting

Lawmakers in two states enacted two laws: Arkansas and Montana.

These laws typically clarify voter registration requirements and valid documents to prove U.S. citizenship. Some address foreign contributions to elections.

Examples:

  • Arkansas HB 1388. This law ensures registered voters are U.S. citizens and creates a process to transfer information from the judiciary to the voter registration officials.
  • Montana SB 326 This law prohibits foreign national interference in an election. It is unlawful for a foreign national, directly or through an intermediary, to make a disbursement for an electioneering communication, contribution or expenditure, or to make an express or implied promise to make a contribution or expenditure, in connection with any candidate election.

Resolutions

Legislators in 23 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia adopted 131 resolutions: Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Montana, North Dakota, New Jersey, New Mexico, Nevada, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and Virginia.

Resolutions generally proclaim days or months of recognition in honor of immigrants and cultural heritage of immigrants, commend individuals, and urge the federal government to take action.

In 2019, 12 states—Arkansas, California, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Montana, North Dakota, New Jersey, Nevada, South Dakota, Texas and Utah—adopted 21 resolutions seeking congressional or administrative action on immigration. Georgia, Illinois and Kentucky adopted resolutions urging the enactment of legislation to secure the citizenship of internationally adopted individuals. Five states—Georgia, Kentucky, North Dakota, South Dakota and Texas—passed resolutions calling for increased funding to secure the U.S.-Mexican border. Arkansas supported President Donald Trump and the Arkansas congressional delegation on the border security issue and urged a long-term funding solution. California and Illinois urged the U.S. Congress to grant visas to DACA-eligible children. Kentucky and Montana called for a citizenship question to be added to the 2020 census to determine representation in the U.S. House of Representatives and the Electoral College. Nevada urged Congress to prevent the U.S. Census Bureau from adding a citizenship question to the 2020 decennial census.

Examples:

  • California ACR 1. This resolution condemns regulations adopted by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to prescribe how a determination of inadmissibility for a person who is not a citizen or national is made based on the likelihood that the person will become a public charge. It urged the federal government to repeal the new regulations.
  • California AJR 9. This resolution urges the federal government to stop using ruses against immigrants, revise the tactics used by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), cease the unjust detention of undocumented immigrants, end blanket raids against individuals thought to be without documents, and adopt a standard uniform for ICE officers that clearly identifies them as ICE when operating in the state.
  • District of Columbia R 437. This resolution declares the existence of an emergency with respect to the need to expand the Standby Guardianship Law to enable a parent, legal guardian or legal custodian who is, or may be, subject to an adverse immigration action, to make short-term plans for a child without terminating or limiting that person's parental or custodial rights.
  • Georgia HR 82. This resolution commends Dr. Pierluigi Mancini for his outstanding achievements on behalf of immigrant mental health.
  • Georgia SR 114. This resolution urges Congress to pass funding legislation that will secure the southern border of the United States.
  • Hawaii SR 161. This resolution urges the Department of Human Services to create a Compact of Free Association Advisory Body.
  • Illinois HR 116. This resolution commends the Simon Wiesenthal Center on its efforts to bring mobile tolerance education to communities throughout to help prevent further incidents of hate and discrimination.
  • Illinois HR 241. This resolution urges the U.S. Congress to pass legislation that provides the right to visas for the undocumented parents of U.S. citizen children or DACA-eligible children and parents with Temporary Protected Status with U.S. citizen children or children brought here before age 16. The legislation would allow them and their children to stay and work legally in this country to provide for the economic, physical, and spiritual security and development of those children. It urges the U.S. congress to pass a clean DACA bill.
  • Kentucky HR 230. This resolution urges the president and Congress to enact legislation to secure the citizenship of internationally adopted adult individuals.
  • Kentucky HR 15a. This resolution urges the attorney general of the Commonwealth of Kentucky to join with Alabama in its legal cause of action against the United States Department of Commerce and the Bureau of the Census or to initiate a separate legal cause of action on behalf of the citizens of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. It would declare the Residence Rule unlawful as violative of the Constitution of the United States and the long-standing principle of "one person, one vote." It also urges the attorney general to vacate and set aside the Residence Rule insofar as it permits or requires the Census Bureau to include illegal aliens in the population figures used to conduct the apportionment of the House of Representatives and the Electoral College among the states, and federal funding.
  • Montana HJR 26. This resolution urges Congress to include a citizenship question on the 2020 Census.
  • New Jersey SR 40. This resolution urges the federal Internal Revenue Service to devote additional resources to combat the recent surge in tax-related scams that seek to defraud unsuspecting taxpayers and often con the victim into making payment on the bogus bill by using threats of arrest, deportation, license revocation or the seizure of valuable assets.
  • New Jersey SR 83. This resolution commemorates the 29th anniversary of the state-Taiwan sister state relationship and recognizes the importance of strong and enduring relations between the state and Taiwan. Individuals from Taiwan who have immigrated to this country and to New Jersey have contributed greatly to the state's diversity, thriving international culture and economic development.
  • Nevada AJR 6. This resolution urges Congress to prevent the U.S. Census Bureau from adding a citizenship question to the 2020 decennial census.
  • Puerto Rico HR 676.  This resolution orders the House Committee on Finance to investigate how the Immigrant Investor Program created by Congress, known as the EB-5 visa, has been fostered and implemented in the United States.
  • Texas SR 535. This resolution declares the crisis at the Texas-Mexico international border an emergency and requests that Congress adopt a budget that fully funds all means necessary to fully secure the Texas-Mexico international border. The resolution requests that the federal government cease separating families at the border as a means of deterring refugees, and to humanely process refugee and asylum seekers.
  • Utah HR 3. This resolution urges a humane response to the humanitarian crises at the U.S. and Mexico border. It recognizes the plight of millions of people who fled their country seeking relief from civil conflict or other hardships and it opposes separating children from their families at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Credits, Sources, Other Resources

This report was prepared by:

  • Ann Morse, program director, Immigrant Policy Project, NCSL
  • David St. John, fall intern, NCSL 
  • Carlee Goldberg, spring intern, NCSL

Reviewer:

  • Molly Ramsdell, director, Washington, D.C., office, NCSL

Source: National Conference of State Legislatures, February 2020

This publication was made possible by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York. The statements made and views expressed are solely the responsibility of the author.

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2747

General Appropriations Act

05/31/2019 - Enacted

This general appropriations law includes funding for the gang and immigration intelligence team enforcement mission (GIITEM) for border security and law enforcement. Of the $22,410,800 appropriated to the GIITEM line item, $10,356,900 must be used for 100 department of public safety GIITEM personnel, 50 immigration enforcement and border security positions and 50 positions to assist GIITEM in various efforts. It also appropriates funds for the border support strike force. The department of public safety must submit an expenditure plan for the border strike task force line item for local support to the joint legislative budget committee and the governor's office of strategic planning and budgeting by Sept. 1, 2019.

Budgets

AZ

H

2752

Criminal Justice

05/31/2019 - Enacted

This criminal justice budget includes a provision requiring the department of public safety to submit the GIITEM border security and law enforcement subaccount's expenditure plan to the joint legislative budget committee for review.

Budgets

CA

A

72

Budget Act of 2018

02/13/2019 - Enacted

This budget law amends the Budget Act of 2018 and provides $5 million to the Rapid Response Reserve Fund to address costs, such as shelter and transportation, arising from immigration or human trafficking emergency situations that occur during the 2018-2019 fiscal year.

Budgets

CA

A

74

Budget Act of 2019

06/27/2019 - Line Item Vetoed

This budget law includes funds for legal services to unaccompanied, undocumented minors and for immigrant integration; mental health assessments in support of applications for immigration remedies, such as asylum-seekers and applicants for T visas, U visas and Special Immigrant Juvenile status; and a Rapid Response Program to provide contracts or grants to entities, including nonprofit organizations, that provide critical assistance to immigrants during emergent situations when federal funding is not available to support such assistance.

Budgets

CA

A

1783

H-2A Worker Housing: State Funding

10/13/2019 - Enacted

This law prohibits using state funds to develop or operate housing used to comply with the federal law requiring employers to furnish housing to H-2A workers.

Budgets

CA

S

109

Budget Act of 2019

09/27/2019 - Enacted

This budget law includes provisions allowing the Department of Social Services to award grants and/or contracts for legal fellowships for the Immigrant Justice Fellowship program.

Budgets

CO

H

1239

Census Outreach Grant Program

05/23/2019 - Enacted

This legislation, the Every Person Counts In Colorado Act, promotes an accurate count in the decennial census by creating a census outreach grant program for hard-to-count communities. These are communities and populations that have been historically undercounted by previous censuses, including children under 5 years old, racial and ethnic minorities, communities of color, American Indians and Alaskan Natives, people with disabilities, people with low incomes, immigrants, people who speak and understand limited amounts of English, people living in rural areas of the state, people in the state without sufficient internet access, adults ages 60 and older, and people who are transient or homeless.

Budgets

CO

S

114

Department of Human Services Appropriations

02/28/2019 - Enacted

This Department of Human Services appropriations law includes funds for refugee resettlement and the Systematic Alien Verification for Eligibility program.

Budgets

CO

S

207

Budget

04/18/2019 - Enacted

This budget law includes funds for the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program.

Budgets

D.C.

B

209

Fiscal Year 2020 Budget Support

09/11/2019 - Enacted

This budget law repeals a number of acts, including the Study of Mental Health and Substance Abuse in Immigrant Communities Act of 2018.

Budgets

GA

H

30

Appropriations

03/12/2019 - Enacted

This legislation reimburses members of the Immigration Enforcement Review for costs associated with E-Verify. The legislation funds employment, health and social services assistance to refugees.

Budgets

GA

H

31

Appropriations Provisions for Budget

05/10/2019 - Line Item Vetoed

This legislation amends appropriations for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2018, and ending June 30, 2019. It funds the Immigration Enforcement Review for costs associated with E-Verify and provides employment, health and social services assistance to refugees.

Budgets

HI

S

1418

Philippine College Programs

07/08/2019 - Enacted

This legislation provides additional resources to the University of Hawaii Pamantasan Council to help the state and the University of Hawaii meet strategic goals for access, diversity and workforce development. People of Filipino ancestry were identified as the second-largest ethnic group in Hawaii, with 15% of residents identifying themselves as Filipino alone and 26% identifying themselves as Filipino and another race. Despite their high representation in the general population and in schools within the department of education, students of Filipino ancestry are underrepresented in the University of Hawaii system.

Budgets

IA

H

758

Operations and Appropriations

05/13/2019 - Enacted

This appropriations law funds a pilot project to provide supplemental support services for international refugees to improve learning, English literacy, life skills, cultural competencies and integration in a county with a population over 350,000 as determined by the 2010 census. The pilot project will provide access to international resources for Iowans and new Iowans to provide economic and leadership development resulting in Iowa being a more inclusive and welcoming place to live, work and raise a family.

Budgets

IA

H

766

Health and Human Services Appropriations

05/03/2019 - Enacted

This appropriations law includes funds for the Iowa commission on volunteer services to continue to be used for the RefugeeRISE AmeriCorps program.

Budgets

IL

S

262

Appropriation

06/05/2019 - Enacted

This appropriates law includes funding for immigrant integration, Illinois Welcoming Centers and refugee services.

Budgets

IL

S

1814

Budget Implementation Act

06/05/2019 - Enacted

This budget law includes Medicare benefits for those ages 65 and older with incomes at or below 200% of the federal poverty level and not eligible for federally funded means-tested benefits due to immigration status.

Budgets

KS

S

25

Appropriations Provision

05/29/2019 - Enacted

This appropriations law includes funds for migrant health, refugee assistance and the alien incarceration grant fund.

Budgets

MA

H

4000

Fiscal Year Budget Bill

07/31/2019 - Line Item Vetoed

This budget law for 2020 includes funds for a statewide competitive grant program to ensure a complete and accurate count in the 2020 census, with tailored outreach and support to homeless populations, households with limited English and immigrant communities. It also includes funding for the Massachusetts Office for Refugees and Immigrants and services for refugees.

Budgets

MD

H

100

Budget Bill Fiscal Year

05/13/2019 - Enacted

The budget law includes funds for the Maryland Office for Refugees and Asylees and for language assistance.

Budgets

MI

H

4231

Corrections Budget

09/29/2019 - Line Item Vetoed

This budget law includes a provision that was line item vetoed by the governor: "Any county that enacts or enforces any law, ordinance, policy, or rule that limits or prohibits a peace officer or local official, officer, or employee from communicating or cooperating with appropriate federal officials concerning the immigration status of an individual in this state is not eligible to receive reimbursement from funds appropriated in part 1 to house in jails certain felons who otherwise would have been sentenced to prison."

Budgets

MI

H

4239

Regulatory Affairs Budget

09/29/2019 - Enacted

This budget law appropriates funds for the Department of Regulatory and Licensing and includes funds for refugee services and the Michigan Office for New Americans. The office, along with the Asian Pacific American Affairs Commission, the Commission on Middle Eastern American Affairs and the Hispanic/Latino Commission of Michigan, must submit a report to the legislature by Jan. 31. The report must include the number of education and workforce training programs the office conducted, the number of people the office helped navigate the immigration system, and a description of the activities the office conducted to attract and retain international, advanced degree and entrepreneurial talent.

Budgets

MI

S

139

Human Services Budget

09/30/2019 - Line Item Vetoed

This health and human services budget law includes funds for refugee programs. The department must operate a state disability assistance program for needy citizens of the United States and aliens exempted from the supplemental security income citizenship requirement who meet certain criteria. Except as required by federal law or regulations, funds must not be used to provide public assistance to a person who is an illegal alien. The department is not prohibited from entering into contracts with food banks, emergency shelter providers or other human services agencies who may provide food or emergency shelter.

Budgets

MI

S

149

Transportation Budget

09/29/2019 - Line Item Vetoed

This transportation budget law includes a provision requiring that contractors and subcontractors use Department of Homeland Security's E-Verify system to verify that all persons hired for construction, maintenance or engineering services be legally present and authorized to work within the United States. The governor removed this section (381) and the conference retained it. The governor declared this section unenforceable.

Budgets

MO

H

2

Appropriations Provision

06/10/2019 - Enacted

This education budget law includes funding for migrant education and the Refugee Children School Impact Grants Program.

Budgets

MO

H

3

Appropriations Provision

06/10/2019 - Enacted

This higher education appropriations law includes provisions that prohibit public institutions of higher education from offering a tuition rate to any student with an unlawful immigration status in the United States that is less than the tuition rate charged to international students. It also prohibits scholarship funds from being awarded to students with an unlawful immigration status.

Budgets

MO

H

10

Appropriations Provision

06/10/2019 - Enacted

This health appropriations law includes a provision in the senior and disability services section to provide naturalization assistance to refugees and/or legal immigrants who have resided in Missouri more than five years, are unable to benefit from or attend classroom instruction, and who require special assistance to successfully attain the requirements to become a citizen. Services may include direct tutoring and assistance with identifying and completing appropriate waiver requests to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency and facilitating proper documentation. A report shall be compiled for the General Assembly evaluating the program's effectiveness in helping senior refugees and immigrants in establishing citizenship and their ability to qualify for Medicare.

Budgets

MT

H

4

Appropriations by Budget Amendment

05/07/2019 - Enacted

This appropriations funding includes a line item for the state criminal alien assistance program.

Budgets

NJ

A

5610

Supplemental Appropriations

06/30/2019 - Enacted

This supplemental appropriations law includes grants for legal assistance to individuals facing detention or deportation based on their immigration status.

Budgets

NJ

S

2020

State Budget

06/30/2019 - Line Item Vetoed

This budget law includes appropriations for refugee resettlement, the state criminal alien assistance program, migrant education and tuition assistance for undocumented students. It also includes medical services for certain populations, including legal permanent residents who have resided in the United States for less than five years. 

Budgets

NM

H

548

Appropriations and Expenditures

04/05/2019 - Line Item Vetoed

This budget law funds culturally and linguistically appropriate health care to immigrant children in Santa Fe County, strategies to increase Latino immigrant family engagement in education, and the college assistance migrant program.

Budgets

NY

A

2000

State Operations Budget

04/12/2019 - Line Item Vetoed

This appropriations law includes funding for the incarceration of illegal aliens and refugee resettlement.

Budgets

NY

A

2003

Aid to Localities Budget

04/12/2019 - Line Item Vetoed

This appropriations law includes funds for immigrant legal services, refugee and immigrant student welcome grants program, education and child care for children of migrant workers, and refugee resettlement.

Budgets

NY

S

1505

State Budgets

04/12/2019 - Enacted

This law amends criminal procedure law to include a rebuttable presumption that a conviction by plea to a trafficking offense was not knowing, voluntary and intelligent, based on severe or ongoing collateral consequences, including potential or actual immigration consequences. The law also changes the sentence of imprisonment for a misdemeanor from 365 days to 364 days.

Budgets

OH

H

166

Biennium Appropriations

07/18/2019 - Line Item Vetoed

This appropriations law includes funds for children of migrant workers, refugee medical assistance and refugee services.

Budgets

PA

S

712

Investment of Moneys

06/28/2019 - Enacted

This 2019-2010 budget law includes funds for the Department of Human Services. It includes a provision requiring federal immigration law to apply to payments and providers. These laws include 8 U.S.C. Sections 1611 (“not qualified aliens” are ineligible for federal public benefits), 1612 (limited eligibility of qualified aliens for certain federal programs) and 1642 (verification of eligibility for federal public benefits).  The law also includes funds for Emergency Immigration Education Assistance.

Budgets

TX

H

1

General Appropriations Bill

06/15/2019 - Enacted

This appropriations law includes grants to local political subdivisions to support Operation Border Star. The grant funds may also be awarded for the humane processing of the remains of undocumented migrants or to an established regional center for public safety excellence to cover the costs of providing training to law enforcement personnel conducting border security operations. The law also includes funds for the state criminal alien assistance program, U.S.-Mexico Immigration Center, Texas-Mexico border health, economic development at the border, and a report on border security cost-containment efforts.

Budgets

WA

H

1109

Biennium Operating Appropriations

05/21/2019 - Line Item Vetoed

This budget law includes funds for employment services for refugees and immigrants, English language services, naturalization services, migrant education and migrant health. It also supports a series of articles, videos and educational curriculum on the history of agriculture in Washington state, including the role and impact of indigenous and immigrant farmers.

Budgets

MN

H

2a

State Government

05/30/2019 - Enacted

This budget law funds the Department of Employment and Economic Development. It includes a one-time grant to the Construction Careers Foundation for the construction career pathway initiative to provide year-round educational and experiential learning opportunities for teens and young adults under age 21 that lead to careers in the construction industry. Programs and services supported by grant funds must give priority to individuals and groups that are economically disadvantaged or historically underrepresented in the construction industry, including women, veterans, and members of minority and immigrant groups.

Budgets

MN

S

1a

State Government

05/30/2019 - Enacted

This budget law includes a provision that the commissioner of employment and economic development must continue to increase connections with ethnic minority and immigrant farmers to promote farming opportunities and programs throughout the state.

Budgets

MN

S

3a

State Government

05/30/2019 - Enacted

This budget law includes a grant to Twin Cities Public Television to produce “Minnesota Journeys: Capturing, Sharing, and Understanding Our Immigration History.” It also funds a competitive grants program to preserve and promote the cultural heritage of Minnesota. Priority must be given to grants for individuals and organizations working to create, celebrate and teach indigenous arts and cultural activities, and arts organizations and programs preserving, sharing and educating on the arts and cultural heritage of immigrant communities in Minnesota.

Budgets

MN

S

7a

State Government

05/30/2019 - Enacted

This budget law includes funds to continue perfluorochemical biomonitoring in eastern metropolitan communities and to address other environmental health risks, including air quality. The communities must include Hmong and other immigrant farming communities.

Budgets

OR

H

5050

Appropriations Provision

08/09/2019 - Enacted

This appropriations law includes a line item funding the Innovation Law Lab for $2 million for immigration defense.

Budgets

SC

H

4000

Ways and Means Committee

6/25/2019

This appropriations law includes a provision that no state funds shall be expended to assist in the U.S. Refugee Resettlement Program unless the county council in the county where the resettlement is to occur approves the relocation. It includes funds for the state criminal alien assistance program and the Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation’s responsibilities under the South Carolina Illegal Immigration Reform Act. Upon the request of the Commission on Minority Affairs, the Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation must provide assistance to establish and maintain a 24-hour toll free telephone number and website to receive and report allegations of violations of federal immigration laws or related provisions of South Carolina law by any non-U.S. citizen or immigrant, and allegations of violations of any federal immigration laws or related provisions in South Carolina law against any non-U.S. citizen or immigrant. These include violating E-Verify or other federal work authorization program, immigration assistance services, regulations governing the operation of immigration assistance services, human trafficking laws, landlord tenant laws, or any law pertaining to the provision or receipt of public assistance benefits or public services. It also includes false or fraudulent statements made or documents filed in relation to an immigration matter.

Budgets

AR

H

1684

Public or Private High School Graduates

04/10/2019 - Enacted

This legislation permits graduates of a state public or private high school who have resided in the state for a certain amount of time to receive in-state tuition and fees at a state-supported institution of higher education. Applicants must 1) hold a federal work permit or be the child of someone with a work permit, 2) be an Arkansas resident legally present from the Republic of the Marshall Islands or 3) be a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipient.

Education

CA

A

239

Community Colleges: Registered Nursing Programs

07/12/2019 - Enacted

This law extends a screening process from 2020 to 2025 for community college nursing programs to admit students based on random selection or students that meet certain criteria, such as academic degrees, low family income, refugee or veteran status.

Education

CA

A

540

Student Financial Aid: Cal Dreamer Service Grants

10/04/2019 - Enacted

This legislation changes the name of a student financial aid program: Cal Grant B Incentive Program to the California Dreamer Service Incentive Grant Program. This program is available to certain undocumented residents.

Education

CA

A

1319

Migrant Education: Pupil Residency

10/02/2019 - Enacted

This legislation requires local educational agencies to allow a pupil who is a migratory child to continue attending his or her school of origin, regardless of any change of residence.

Education

CA

A

1645

Student Support Services: Dreamer Resource Liaison

10/12/2019 - Enacted

This legislation requires the California Community Colleges and the California State University, and requests the University of California, to designate a Dreamer resource liaison on each of their respective campuses to assist students meeting specified requirements, including undocumented students, by streamlining access to all available financial aid, social services, state funding immigration legal services, internships, externships and academic opportunities.

Education

CO

H

1017

Social Workers

05/10/2019 - Enacted

This law establishes a social and emotional health pilot program to provide social workers in grades K-5. Pilot schools may include those in areas of high poverty or delinquency rates, high suicide rates, or significant ethnic, cultural or language diversity, which may include students from refugee populations.  

Education

CO

H

1196

Financial Aid for Students with In-State Tuition

05/13/2019 - Enacted

This legislation allows certain undocumented students who meet the criteria for classification as in-state students for tuition purposes to be eligible for state-funded financial assistance programs offered by the Department of Higher Education.

Education

GA

S

83

Competencies and Core Curriculum

05/06/2019 - Enacted

This education law establishes the Realizing Educational Achievement Can Happen (REACH) Scholarship, a needs-based program. Eligible students must be a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen for 12 months before seventh grade, among other eligibility criteria.

Education

IL

H

2691

Students Financial Aid Eligibility

06/21/2019 - Enacted

This law provides that state students who are ineligible for federal aid for certain reasons, including transgender and noncitizen students, are eligible for state financial aid and benefits.

Education

IN

S

132

Naturalization Examination

04/25/2019 - Enacted

This law requires each high school to administer the naturalization examination provided by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services as part of the United States government credit.

Education

NE

L

399

Committee on American Civics

03/27/2019 - Enacted

This law requires the school social studies curriculum to include a written test identical to the entire civics portion of the naturalization test used by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services prior to completing eighth grade and again prior to completing 12th grade as one option to demonstrate understanding of American civics.

Education

NY

A

2006

State Budgets

04/12/2019 - Enacted

The New York Dream Act makes financial aid available to undocumented students as well as to students with U (for crime victims) and T status (for trafficking victims), those with Temporary Protected Status and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, refugees and asylees.

Education

NY

S

1250

DREAM Act

04/12/2019 - Enacted

This law allows an applicant who is not a legal resident of the state but is a U.S. citizen, a permanent lawful resident, a lawful non-immigrant alien or an applicant without lawful immigration status to be eligible for in-state tuition if the student attended a state high school for two years and graduated and applied for college within five years of receiving a high school diploma. A student without lawful immigration status shall also be required to file an affidavit with such institution of higher education stating that the student has filed an application to legalize his or her immigration status, or will file such an application as soon as he or she is eligible to do so. The law also creates a DREAM commission to raise private funds to assist with higher education costs.

Education

NY

S

4448

Citizenship Requirements for Teacher Certification

10/29/2019 - Enacted

This law makes permanent provisions that enable a lawful permanent resident of the United States who would otherwise be eligible and qualified to receive permanent certification as a teacher. 

Education

OR

H

2023

Academic Content Standards

06/04/2019 - Enacted

This law requires school currricula and textbooks to include sufficient instruction on the histories, contributions and perspectives of individuals who are Native American; of African, Asian, Pacific Island, Chicano, Latino or Middle Eastern descent; women; people with disabilities; immigrants or refugees; or lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.

Education

OR

H

3165

School District Planning Grants

07/23/2019 - Enacted

This law provides planning grants for school-based health centers. The regional health equity coalition will focus on addressing rural and urban health inequities for communities of color, including Oregon's federally recognized Indian tribes, immigrants, refugees, migrant and seasonal farm workers, low-income populations, persons with disabilities, and persons who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning, with communities of color as the priority.

Education

OR

S

859

Nonresident Tuition Exemption

06/07/2019 - Enacted

This law exempts graduate students at public universities who qualify for tuition equity from having to pay nonresident tuition.

Education

PA

H

1615

Educational Tax Credits

06/28/2019 - Enacted

This law establishing educational tax credits includes a provision authorizing fee assistance for advanced placement or international baccalaureate exams for those with financial need. A "student with financial need" means a student whose annual household income is no greater than 185% of the federal poverty level, is in foster care, homeless, is a migrant, or lives in a household that receives benefits under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program.

Education

RI

H

5168

Americanization of Schools

07/08/2019 - Enacted

This law repeals the requirement that persons between 16 and 21 years old who cannot speak, read and write English attend school to learn English for at least 200 hours until they acquire reasonable facility in speaking, reading and writing English.

Education

TX

H

1244

Civics Test Graduation Requirements

06/14/2019 - Enacted

This law requires the civics education graduation test to include 10 questions randomly selected from the civics test administered by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services as part of the naturalization process.

Education

OR

S

859

Nonresident Tuition Exemption

06/07/2019 - Enacted

 This law exempts graduate students at public universities who qualify for tuition equity from having to pay nonresident tuition. It includes a provision allowing an exemption if the student shows the intention to become a citizen or a lawful permanent resident of the United States by providing an official copy of the student's application to register with a federal immigration program or federal deportation deferral program, or a statement of intent that the student will seek to obtain citizenship as permitted under federal law.

Education

RI

S

265

Education Americanization of Schools

07/08/2019 - Enacted

This law repeals the requirement that persons between 16 and 21 who cannot speak, read and write English, attend school to learn English for at least 200 hours until they acquire a reasonable facility in speaking, reading and writing English.

Education

AR

H

1552

Nursing Licensures

04/10/2019 - Enacted

This legislation authorizes the state Board of Nursing to license recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy.

Employment

AR

H

1658

Citizenship or Legal Residency

03/29/2019 - Enacted

This law allows legal residency, as well as citizenship, to qualify for licensure as an osteopathic physician in the state.

Employment

AR

S

274

Fellowship for a License to Practice Medicine

03/01/2019 - Enacted

This law adds a medical fellowship as a method for a foreign medical graduate to obtain a license to practice medicine.

Employment

CA

A

453

Emergency Medical Services: Training

07/12/2019 - Enacted

This law requires emergency medical technician (EMT) standards to include training on how to interact effectively with persons with dementia and their caregivers. It includes a provision that the certifying agency may not require an applicant to disclose citizenship or immigration status to apply for or renew a certificate for EMT training, and may not deny certification to an otherwise qualified and eligible applicant based solely on the applicant's citizenship or immigration status.

Employment

CA

A

496

Business and Professions

09/27/2019 - Enacted

This legislation related to licensing includes a provision that the board shall not require an individual to disclose either citizenship or immigration status for purposes of licensure.

Employment

CA

A

547

Janitorial Workers: Sexual Violence and Harassment

10/10/2019 - Enacted

This law requires an advisory committee to recommend organizations to the director of Industrial Relations that can provide training. Criteria include demonstrated experience working with employers to provide training to employees both on and off the work site in the janitorial industry, including seven years of demonstrated experience working with immigrant low-wage workers. Peer trainers must meet several criteria, including cultural competency and fluency in the language or languages that the relevant covered workers understand.

Employment

CA

S

112

State Government

09/27/2019 - Enacted

This law amends a requirement related to a state prohibition for reverification of employment related to immigration agency work-site enforcement. It clarifies that the law does not prohibit an employer from taking any lawful action to review the employment authorization of an employee upon knowing that the employee is, or has become, unauthorized to be employed in the United States.

Employment

CA

S

530

Construction: Discrimination and Harassment Policy

10/10/2019 - Enacted

This law related to the construction industry includes a provision that beginning Jan. 1, 2020, sexual harassment prevention training for migrant and seasonal agricultural workers must be consistent with training for nonsupervisory employees.

Employment

CA

A

1519

Healing Arts

10/13/2019 - Enacted

This law requires foreign dental schools seeking approval from the Dental Board of California to complete the international consultative and accreditation process with the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association (CODA) or a comparable accrediting body approved by the board. The law requires previously approved foreign dental schools to complete the CODA accreditation by Jan. 1, 2024, to remain approved.

Employment

IL

S

1166

Resident Licensure

08/23/2019 - Enacted

This law states that, except as otherwise provided by law, no department may deny an occupational or professional license based solely on the applicant's citizenship or immigration status. This provision does not grant eligibility for any public benefit other than a license.

Employment

ME

H

1209

Entry of Immigrants into the Workforce

06/20/2019 - Enacted

This law establishes a Foreign Credentialing and Skills Recognition Revolving Loan Program to provide financial assistance to immigrants who need help paying for certain costs (such as translating documents) prior to receiving a work permit and English or job instruction after receiving a work permit.

Employment

ME

H

1227

Occupational Therapy Practice

06/13/2019 - Enacted

This law repeals a residency requirement for occupational therapy applicants and a character reference requirement for foreign-trained applicants.

Employment

MT

S

192

Qualifications for Firefighters

05/03/2019 - Enacted

This law permits lawful permanent residents of the United States to become firefighters.

Employment

NE

L

418

Workers' Compensation Act

05/17/2019 - Enacted

This workers compensation law includes a provision allowing a nonresident alien dependent the ability to file with the Workers Compensation Court.

Employment

NJ

A

3443

Barbering Licensure

01/31/2019 - Enacted

This law establishes a pilot program to allow a person possessing a barber's license from another state or foreign country to practice as a barber while waiting for a New Jersey license.

Employment

NJ

S

1790

Wages Payment Failure

08/06/2019 - Enacted

This law regarding failure to pay wages includes a provision supporting outreach by community organizations that provide services to day laborers, migrant laborers, temporary laborers, low-wage workers or any other type of employee.

Employment

NV

A

275

Professional and Occupational Licensing

06/14/2019 - Enacted

This law prohibits a regulatory body from denying an application for a license, certificate or permit based solely on the applicant’s immigration or citizenship status. It also authorizes applicants to provide their individual taxpayer identification number on their application if the applicant does not have a Social Security number. The law repeals a requirement that licensees be a citizen of the United States or otherwise authorized to work in the United States.

Employment

NV

S

296

Teacher Licenses by Endorsement

05/29/2019 - Enacted

This law authorizes the superintendent of Public Instruction to enter into reciprocal agreements with appropriate officials of other countries concerning the licensing of teachers.

Employment

NY

A

8414

Minority and Women Business Enterprises

07/15/2019 - Enacted

This law creates a workforce diversity program. It defines "minority group member" to mean a U.S. citizen or permanent resident alien who is and can demonstrate membership in one of the following groups: black persons having origins in any of the black African racial groups; Hispanic/Latino persons of Mexican, Puerto Rican, Dominican, Cuban, Central or South American descent and of either Indian or Hispanic origin, regardless of race; Native American or Alaska Native persons having origins in any of the original peoples of North America; or Asian and Pacific Islander persons having origins in any of the Far East countries, South East Asia, the Indian subcontinent or the Pacific Islands.

Employment

NY

A

8419

Farm Laborers Fair Labor Practices Act

07/17/2019 - Enacted

This labor law grants collective bargaining rights to farm laborers and allows farm laborers one day of rest each week. It includes farm laborers within the provisions pertaining to overtime compensation and unemployment insurance. It amends the public health law, in relation to the application of the sanitary code, to all farm and food processing labor camps for migrant workers.

Employment

NY

S

5791

Penalties for Retaliation Against Employees

07/29/2019 - Enacted

This labor law establishes penalties for discriminating or retaliating against any employee, including but not limited to, contacting United States immigration authorities or otherwise threatening to report an employee's suspected citizenship or immigration status.

Employment

OR

S

370

Employee Notice of Federal Records Inspection

06/06/2019 - Enacted

This law requires an employer to provide employees notice within three days of receiving notice that forms used to verify the identity and employment eligibility of an employee will be inspected by a federal agency. (The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 Act requires employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of their employees using the Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9.)

Employment

OR

S

854

Authorization to Practice Occupation Renewal

06/20/2019 - Enacted

This law requires professional licensing boards to accept an individual taxpayer identification number in lieu of a Social Security number, unless required by applicable federal or state law.

Employment

OR

S

855

Professional Licensing Boards Pathways to Licensure

06/20/2019 - Enacted

This law requires professional licensing boards to study how immigrants or refugees become licensed, certified or otherwise authorized in the occupational or professional service regulated by the professional licensing board. Each professional licensing board shall develop and implement methods to reduce barriers to licensure, certification or other authorization for applicants who may be immigrants or refugees. Licensing boards are required to report on progress to the Legislative Assembly.

Employment

PA

H

1170

Prohibiting Employment of Unauthorized Employees

10/07/2019 - Enacted

The Construction Industry Employee Verification Act prohibits employers from hiring unauthorized employees and requires the use of E-Verify.  

Employment

TN

H

48

Funeral Directors and Embalmers

04/18/2019 - Enacted

This law authorizes lawful permanent residents of the United States to apply for an embalmer's license.

Employment

VT

H

533

Workforce Development

06/20/2019 - Enacted

This law requires the Vermont Department of Labor to increase the availability of training programs that lead to a credential of value. The department must recognize issues faced by persons with historical barriers to employment or who are underrepresented in the workforce, including persons who have faced discrimination based on race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, refugee status and national origin; persons in recovery; persons with a history of incarceration; and persons with disabilities. The law includes a section supporting new Americans in the workplace. The Department of Labor must work with U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) Vermont to increase employers' awareness of free services available through USCRI Vermont, including on-site English language classes. The department must assess tools needed for refugees to effectively apply preexisting educational and professional credentials in Vermont settings. 

Employment

WA

H

2158

Workforce Education Investment

05/21/2019 - Enacted

This law creates a new workforce education investment account, supported by professions that depend on higher education, that will expand existing investments to help people earn the credentials needed. It includes a provision requiring pilot projects to be implemented in certain school districts where immigrant student enrollment is rapidly increasing.

Employment

WA

S

5438

Agricultural and Seasonal Workforce Services

05/21/2019 - Enacted

This law aims to clarify the state's role in the H-2A temporary agricultural program to provide adequate protections for foreign and domestic workers and provide education and outreach opportunities to help growers maintain the stable workforce they need.

Employment

WA

S

5497

Immigrants in the Workplace

05/21/2019 - Enacted

This law establishes a "keep Washington working” statewide work group to: 1) develop strategies with private-sector businesses, labor, and immigrant advocacy organizations to support current and future industries across the state; 2) conduct research on methods to strengthen career pathways for immigrants and create and enhance partnerships with projected growth industries; 3) support business and agriculture leadership, civic groups, government, and immigrant advocacy organizations in a statewide effort to provide predictability and stability to the workforce in the agriculture industry and 4) recommend approaches to improve Washington's ability to attract and retain immigrant business owners that provide new business and trade opportunities. The attorney general, in consultation with appropriate stakeholders, must publish model policies within 12 months for limiting immigration enforcement to the fullest extent possible consistent with federal and state law at public schools, health facilities operated by the state or a political subdivision of the state, courthouses and shelters to ensure they remain safe and accessible to all Washington residents, regardless of immigration or citizenship status. Unless required by federal or state law, no state agency, including law enforcement, may use agency funds, facilities, property, equipment or personnel to investigate, enforce, cooperate with, or assist in the investigation or enforcement of any federal registration or surveillance programs or any other laws, rules or policies that target Washington residents solely on the basis of race, religion, immigration or citizenship status, or national or ethnic origin.

Employment

WY

S

122

Wyoming Works Program

03/08/2019 - Enacted

This law creates the Wyoming Works program for Wyoming community college students. A student is not eligible for a grant under this program if he or she is not a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident alien who meets the definition of an eligible noncitizen under federal requirements.

Employment

OR

S

370

Employee Notice of Federal Records Inspection

06/06/2019 - Enacted

This law requires employers to notify their employees of federal inspection of employment eligibility records. Notices must include a telephone number, prescribed by the Bureau of Labor and Industries, for a hotline operated by an organization that provides information and advocacy related to immigrant and refugee workers' rights.

Employment

CA

S

104

MediCal Eligibility

07/09/2019 - Enacted

This law extends eligibility for full-scope Medi-Cal benefits to individuals 19 to 25 years of age who are otherwise eligible for those benefits but for their immigration status. It establishes the Healthy California for All Commission. The commission must submit a report to the legislature and the governor with an analysis of California's existing health care delivery system, along with options for a unified financing system and coverage expansions, including potential funding sources. Options shall include expansion for full-scope Medi-Cal to individuals over 64 years of age, regardless of immigration status.

Health

CA

S

160

Emergency Services: Cultural Competence

10/02/2019 - Enacted

This law requires cities and counties to integrate cultural competency in the next regular update to their emergency plan and to provide a forum for community engagement with culturally diverse communities. "Culturally diverse communities" includes race and ethnicity, including indigenous peoples, communities of color; immigrant and refugee communities; gender, including women; age, including the elderly and youth; sexual and gender minorities; people with disabilities; occupation and income level, including low-income individuals and the unhoused; education level; people with no or limited English language proficiency; as well as geographic location.

Health

CO

H

1122

Maternal Mortality Review Committee

05/16/2019 - Enacted

This law creates the Colorado maternal mortality review committee. Committee members must include those working in and representing communities diverse with regard to race, ethnicity, immigration status, English proficiency, income, wealth and geographic region, including urban and rural areas.

Health

IL

S

1573

Equity in Long Term Care Quality Act

08/23/2019 - Enacted

This law creates the nursing home labor force program, contingent upon approval by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Components of the program should include a public relations campaign, scholarships and retention incentives. Preferential scholarship consideration will be given to certified nursing assistants, single parents, and applicants from communities that are economically depressed or have high percentages of Medicaid beneficiaries, immigrants, or racial or ethnic minorities.

Health

IN

H

1354

Sickle Cell Disease Grant Program

04/18/2019 - Enacted

This law requires the state Department of Health to establish a program to provide for the prevention, care and treatment of sickle cell disease, and for an educational outreach program that includes disseminating educational materials to medical residents, immigrants, schools and universities, and businesses.

Health

LA

S

51

Certified Medication Attendants

06/01/2019 - Enacted

This law amends the qualifications of applicants to the drug administration course to include a citizen of the United States, a U.S. national, or an alien lawfully admitted for permanent residency in the United States.

Health

MT

H

658

Healthcare Laws and Medicaid Revisions

05/09/2019 - Enacted

This law amends the eligibility requirements for Medicaid from a “person” to a U.S. citizen or a qualified alien as defined in 8 U.S. Code 1641.

Health

NJ

S

3406

Perinatal Risk Assessment Form

05/08/2019 - Enacted

This law requires an obstetrical provider, nurse midwife or other licensed health care professional approved as a provider under the Medicaid program to complete the Perinatal Risk Assessment form for each pregnant Medicaid recipient and for each individual eligible for emergency medical services for non-qualified aliens.

Health

NY

S

1507

State Budgets

04/12/2019 - Enacted

This law codifies the establishment of the health benefit exchange in New York. A qualified individual resides in the state and is reasonably expected to be, for the entire period for which enrollment is sought, a citizen or national of the United States or an alien lawfully present in the United States.

Health

WA

S

5846

International Medical Graduates

05/09/2019 - Enacted

This law establishes the international medical graduate (IMG) work group to study barriers to practice and make recommendations on how the state can implement an assistance program to help IMGs integrate into the Washington health care delivery system. The work group must develop strategies and recommendations for reducing barriers for IMGs to obtain residency positions in Washington, including preresidency training. 

Health

ID

S

1005

Human Trafficking

03/21/2019 - Enacted

This law amends the definition of human trafficking. Human trafficking may include specified types of force, fraud or coercion, such as destroying, concealing, removing, or confiscating any passport, immigration document or other government-issued identification document.

Human Trafficking

MD

H

734

Labor Trafficking Anti-Exploitation Act

04/18/2019 - Enacted

This law adds labor trafficking to Maryland’s criminal code. A person may not persuade another by force, fraud or coercion to provide services or labor.  Coercion includes destroying or withholding a passport, immigration document or government ID of an individual; exposing information that would subject an individual to criminal or immigration proceedings; or notifying the state or federal government that an individual is present in the United States in violation of federal immigration law.

Human Trafficking

MD

S

689

Anti-Exploitation Act

04/18/2019 - Enacted

This law adds labor trafficking to Maryland’s criminal code. A person may not persuade another by force, fraud or coercion to provide services or labor.  Coercion includes destruction or withholding a passport, immigration document or government ID of an individual; exposing information that would subject an individual to criminal or immigration proceedings; or notifying state or federal government that an individual is present in the United States in violation of federal immigration law.

Human Trafficking

TX

H

888

Port of Entry Offenses

06/14/2019 - Enacted

This law makes it a class B misdemeanor for a person who knowingly misrepresents a child as his or her family member to a peace officer or federal special investigator at a port of entry. It requires the Health and Human Services Commission, to the extent permitted by federal law and regardless of the nationality of the child, to ensure a child who is used in the commission of such an offense is provided Medicaid benefits.

Human Trafficking

IL

H

2315

REAL ID Compliant Identification Cards

08/02/2019 - Enacted

This legislation amends provisions regarding the expiration of REAL ID compliant identification cards and driver's licenses to apply to persons with an approved application for asylum or who have entered the United States with refugee status.

IDs/Driver's License

IN

H

1284

Civil Procedures

04/26/2019 - Enacted

This law related to handgun permits provides that if the applicant is not a U.S. citizen, the officer must ascertain the applicant's country of citizenship, place of birth, and any alien or admission number issued by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services or U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

IDs/Driver's License

NH

H

140

Licensing of Drivers From Foreign Countries

06/25/2019 - Enacted

This law establishes a commission to study the licensing of drivers from foreign countries and make recommendations.

IDs/Driver's License

NM

S

278

Driver’s License Changes

04/02/2019 - Enacted

This law amends the Motor Vehicle Code to mandate only two types of driver’s licenses— REAL ID-complaint and a standard driver’s licenses—distinguished by their use or nonuse for official federal purposes and by federal agencies. A standard driver’s license must bear the statement, “NOT INTENDED FOR FEDERAL PURPOSES” and a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license must include a gold star. It is unlawful for a public establishment to refuse to accept a standard driver’s license identification card if federal identification is not required.

IDs/Driver's License

NY

A

3675

Noncommercial Driver’s Licenses

06/17/2019 - Enacted

This legislation allows driver's licenses to be issued to undocumented residents and protects the data of those applying for such privilege from unwarranted release. The Department of Motor Vehicles may not disclose records to any agency that primarily enforces immigration law without a lawful court order or judicial warrant. The law requires that any person or entity that has access to information from the department to certify that the information will not be used for civil immigration purposes. Application forms for noncommercial driver’s licenses and learner’s permits that do not meet federal standards for identification may not reveal the documents an applicant used to prove age or identity, an applicant's ineligibility for a Social Security number where applicable, or an applicant's citizenship or immigration status. A noncommercial driver's license or learner's permit that does not meet federal standards for identification may not be used as evidence of a person's citizenship or immigration status, and may not be the basis for investigating, arresting or detaining a person. Such licenses must be visually identical to federal-purpose driver's licenses that meet federal standards except that such licenses may state, "Not for Federal Purposes."

IDs/Driver's License

OK

H

2597

Unlawful Carry of Firearms

02/27/2019 - Enacted

This law prohibits an alien illegally or unlawfully in the United States from possessing any pistol, imitation or homemade pistol, altered air or toy pistol, shotgun, rifle or any other dangerous or deadly firearm, provided that nothing in this subsection prohibits the transport or detention of the person by law enforcement officers or federal immigration authorities.

IDs/Driver's License

OR

H

2015

Noncommercial Driver’s License Requirements

08/09/2019 - Enacted

This law eliminates the requirement that a person provide proof of legal presence before the Department of Transportation issues a noncommercial driver license, noncommercial driver’s permit or identification card. Acceptable documents to prove identity, date of birth or address when a person is applying for a driver’s license, driver’s permit or identification card that is not a Real ID, a commercial driver’s license or a commercial learner driver’s permit, include: 1) An unexpired valid passport from the person’s country of citizenship, 2) an unexpired valid consular identification document issued by the consulate of the person’s country of citizenship, 3) a driver’s license, driver’s permit or identification card issued by Oregon that expired less than 13 years before the current application or 4) a driver’s license, driver’s permit or identification card issued by another state that is unexpired or expired less than a year before the current application.

IDs/Driver's License

TX

H

4428

Handgun Carry License Application and Eligibility

06/15/2019 - Enacted

This law requires that the license to carry a handgun of a non-U.S. citizen expires on the day their lawful presence in the United States expires. Those granted an extension of their lawful presence in the United States can apply for a duplicate license that extends their license to carry.

IDs/Driver's License

VT

S

149

Vehicles

06/14/2019 - Enacted

This law requires the Department of Motor Vehicles to have written forms, applications and tests translated into certain languages and to allow an applicant to have an individual of his or her choosing at the oral examination or road test required for licensing to serve as an interpreter. It requires the commissioner of Motor Vehicles to provide training on cultural differences to employees.

IDs/Driver's License

NJ

A

4743

Driver's License and Privacy Act

12/19/2019 - Enacted

This law creates a standard driver's license or identification that does not require proof of lawful presence. The law prohibits the motor vehicle commission from disclosing information to any federal, state or local law enforcement agency for immigration purposes without the consent of the individual, a warrant, court order or subpoena, unless such restriction is contrary to federal law. The commission may not retain copies of documents submitted to establish eligibility for a license or identification card.

IDs/Driver's License

AR

H

1523

Treatment of Female Inmates

03/27/2019 - Enacted

This law limits the use of restraints on an inmate or detainee verified to be pregnant, in labor or in post-partum recovery in a correctional or detention facility.  A detainee includes a person detained under the immigration laws of the United States.

Law Enforcement

AR

S

411

Municipal Sanctuary Policies

04/17/2019 - Enacted

This legislation makes municipalities that enact or adopt a sanctuary policy ineligible for discretionary funds provided by the state.

Law Enforcement

CA

A

242

Courts and Attorneys: Implicit Bias Training

10/02/2019 - Enacted

This legislation requires training for all judges and subordinate judicial officers, including training on implicit bias (including bias toward immigrants and refugees). It requires all trial court administrative and operations services employees to complete two hours of mandatory training every two years on implicit bias.

Law Enforcement

CA

A

917

Victims of Crime: Nonimmigrant Status

10/08/2019 - Enacted

This legislation requires an official to certify that a nonimmigrant victim of a crime is helpful in the investigation or prosecution of a crime when requested by a licensed attorney representing the victim, and to process those forms within 30 days. Federal law provides a form to request temporary immigration benefits for a person who is a victim of certain qualifying criminal activity.

Law Enforcement

CA

A

1215

Law Enforcement: Biometric Surveillance

10/08/2019 - Enacted

This legislation prohibits a law enforcement agency or official from using any biometric surveillance system in connection with an officer camera or data collected by an officer camera. The law notes that its use would diminish effective policing and public safety by discouraging people, including victims of crime and undocumented persons, from seeking police assistance or assisting the police.

Law Enforcement

CA

A

1563

State Census Bill of Rights and Responsibilities

10/12/2019 - Enacted

This legislation makes it a misdemeanor for any person to falsely represent him or herself to be a public official or public employee conducting a government census. The measure aims to protect undocumented immigrants and encourage participation in the census.

Law Enforcement

CA

A

1747

Law Enforcement Telecommunications System: Immigration

10/12/2019 - Enacted

This legislation prohibits a state law enforcement agency from making information regarding an individual's citizenship or immigration status available to anyone or any entity for the purpose of immigration enforcement.

Law Enforcement

CO

H

1124

Federal Government Overreach

05/28/2019 - Enacted

This legislation prohibits law enforcement officers from arresting or detaining an individual based on a civil immigration detainer request. The law does not preclude law enforcement officers from enforcing any criminal law or participating in coordinated law enforcement actions with federal law enforcement agencies in enforcing local, state or federal criminal laws.

Law Enforcement

CO

S

30

Improper Guilty Pleas

05/28/2019 - Enacted

This law provides relief for immigrant defendants who were not informed of adverse immigration consequences of entering a guilty plea.

Law Enforcement

CO

S

224

Sunset Regulated Marijuana

05/28/2019 - Enacted

This law amends the retail and medical marijuana codes and continues those codes until 2028 with a sunset review prior to 2028. It includes a provision that the state licensing authority shall inform an applicant that having a medical marijuana or retail marijuana license may have adverse federal immigration consequences. 

Law Enforcement

CT

S

992

Trust Act

06/18/2019 - Enacted

This law amends the Trust Act to expand the definition of civil immigration detainer and require a judicial warrant to arrest or detain someone. The law sets limits on when law enforcement may disclose an individual's confidential information to a federal immigration authority.

Law Enforcement

CT

S

1115

Study of Civil Laws

06/18/2019 - Enacted

This law prohibits a law enforcement officer, bail commissioner, or employee of a school police or security department from arresting or detaining an individual pursuant to a civil immigration detainer unless 1) the detainer is accompanied by a warrant issued or signed by a judicial officer, 2) the individual has been convicted of a class A or B felony offense or 3) the individual is identified as a possible match in the federal terrorist screening database or similar database.

Law Enforcement

D.C.

B

485

Sanctuary Values

10/23/2019 - Enacted

This law limits the District of Columbia’s cooperation with federal immigration agencies, including by complying with detainer requests, absent a judicial warrant or order.

Law Enforcement

DE

S

97

National Crime Prevention and Privacy Compact

07/04/2019 - Enacted

This law ratifies the National Crime Prevention and Privacy Compact Act. The compact organizes an electronic information-sharing system among the federal government and the states to exchange criminal history records for noncriminal justice purposes authorized by federal or state law.  "Noncriminal justice purposes" is defined as using criminal history records for purposes authorized by federal or state law for purposes other than those relating to criminal justice activities, including employment suitability, licensing determinations, immigration and naturalization matters, and national security clearances.

Law Enforcement

FL

S

168

Federal Immigration Enforcement

06/14/2019 - Enacted

This law prohibits a state entity, local governmental entity or law enforcement agency from having a sanctuary policy, which is a law, policy, practice, procedure or custom that restricts a law enforcement agency’s ability to communicate with a federal immigration agency on immigration enforcement matters or comply with immigration detainers. The law also requires a county correctional facility to enter into an agreement with a federal immigration agency to pay costs associated with housing and detaining defendants.

Law Enforcement

GA

H

553

State Code Repeals

05/07/2019 - Enacted

This law repeals provisions related to inactive boards, including the Immigration Enforcement Review Board.

Law Enforcement

IL

H

836

Parental Rights and Separation

07/23/2019 - Enacted

This law provides that a court lacks jurisdiction to proceed on a petition for appointing a guardian of a minor if it finds that the minor has a living parent whose parental rights have not been terminated, unless the parent or parents, in the event of an administrative separation, are not presently located in the United States and are unable to consent as evidenced by a sworn affidavit.

Law Enforcement

IL

H

1637

Keep Families Together Act

06/21/2019 - Enacted

This legislation prohibits a law enforcement agency or official from entering into or remaining in an agreement with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement under a federal 287(g) program.

Law Enforcement

IL

S

1290

Immigrant Tenant Protection

08/21/2019 - Enacted

This legislation creates the immigrant tenant protection act. It prohibits a landlord from threatening to disclose information relating to the immigration or citizenship status of a tenant to any person, entity, or any immigration or law enforcement agency with the intent of harassing or intimidating the tenant or retaliating against the tenant for exercising his or her rights.

Law Enforcement

IL

S

1429

Civil Proceeding Evidence

08/23/2019 - Enacted

This legislation prohibits the admissibility of evidence related to a person's immigration status in any civil proceeding, unless: 1) it is essential to prove an element of a claim or an affirmative defense, 2) it is offered to prove an interest or bias of a witness, if it does not cause confusion of the issues, and the probative value of the evidence outweighs its prejudicial nature or 3) a person or his or her attorney voluntarily reveals his or her immigration status to the court.

Law Enforcement

IL

S

1610

Guilty or Mentally Ill Criminal Defendants

08/16/2019 - Enacted

This law allows a court to vacate a judgment if the defendant shows that conviction of the offense to which the defendant pleaded guilty, guilty but mentally ill, or nolo contendere may result in the defendant being deported, excluded from admission to the United States, or denied naturalization under the laws of the United States.

Law Enforcement

MD

H

214

Nonimmigrant Status Certification

05/13/2019 - Enacted

This law permits guardians or friends to request a petition for a U nonimmigrant visa for a victim of crime. 

Law Enforcement

MD

H

433

Maryland Police Training Commission

05/13/2019 - Enacted

This law amends the certification of a police officer for lawful permanent residents who are pending approval of their citizenship application.

Law Enforcement

MD

S

144

Nonimmigrant Status Certification

05/13/2019 - Enacted

This law permits guardians or friends to request a petition for a U nonimmigrant visa for a victim of crime. 

Law Enforcement

MD

S

678

Notarial Acts

05/13/2019 - Enacted

This law prohibits a notary public who is not an attorney from providing legal advice regarding immigration.  

Law Enforcement

MD

S

853

Police Training Commission

05/13/2019 - Enacted

This law amends the certification as a police officer for lawful permanent residents who are pending approval of their citizenship application.

Law Enforcement

NE

L

690

Incarcerated Women Healthy Pregnancies

05/30/2019 - Enacted

This law prohibits an incarcerated pregnant woman from being restrained during labor, delivery or postpartum, including women detained under immigration laws.

Law Enforcement

NV

A

336

Victims of Crime

06/14/2019 - Enacted

This law requires the certifying agency for a temporary U immigration visa to determine whether the petitioner was the victim of applicable criminal activity and was helpful, is being helpful or is likely to be helpful to the investigation or prosecution of that criminal activity. The law prohibits a certifying agency from disclosing the immigration status of a petitioner unless the agency is required to do so because of federal law or a court order or the petitioner consents, in writing, to such a disclosure.

Law Enforcement

NV

A

376

Undocumented Persons

06/03/2019 - Enacted

This law requires those questioning a prisoner in the custody of a county or city jail or detention facility about his or her immigration status to inform the prisoner of the purpose of those questions.

Law Enforcement

NY

S

5024

State Reuniting Families Act

07/29/2019 - Enacted

 This law seeks to address the problems encountered when federal immigration enforcement intersects with the child welfare system by amending the social services law to include parents in immigration detention or immigration removal proceedings.

Law Enforcement

OR

S

962

Criminal Activity Investigation Helpfulness

06/20/2019 - Enacted

This law directs agencies to certify to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services  victims’ helpfulness in detecting, investigating or prosecuting qualifying criminal activity in response to U nonimmigrant visa requests.

Law Enforcement

VT

H

518

Fair and Impartial Policing

05/30/2019 - Enacted

This law allows additional restrictions on law enforcement agency communication and involvement with federal immigration authorities or communications regarding citizenship or immigration status. Agencies and constables may not adopt a policy that allows for greater communication or involvement with federal immigration authorities than is permitted under the model policy.

Law Enforcement

OR

H

2932

Defendant Immigration Status Inquiry Prohibition

06/20/2019 - Enacted

This law prohibits the court from inquiring into defendants’ immigration status or requiring defendants to disclose their immigration status at time of plea or any other time during a criminal proceeding.

Law Enforcement

OR

H

3224

District Attorney Discovery Policies

06/20/2019 - Enacted

This law directs the district attorney of each county to develop and adopt policies relating to discovery, charging decisions, sentencing and program recommendations. It includes a provision that collateral consequences of conviction, including immigration consequences, be considered.

Law Enforcement

OR

S

962

Criminal Activity Investigation Helpfulness

06/20/2019 - Enacted

This law requires that upon the request of a victim or a victim's representative, a certifying official must certify that a victim has been helpful on a certification form designated by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. Certifying agencies and certifying officials are prohibited from disclosing the immigration status of a victim or other petitioner unless the disclosure is required by law or authorized by the victim or petitioner.

Law Enforcement

CA

S

225

Citizens of the State

10/12/2019 - Enacted

This law permits a person, regardless of citizenship or immigration status, to be eligible to hold an appointed civil office if the person is 18 years of age and a resident of the state. It is the intent of the legislature to remove barriers to service and authorize all California residents, including those without lawful immigration status, to serve on California's diverse local and state boards and commissions so that their perspectives and voices are heard.

Miscellaneous

CO

S

135

State Procurement Disparity Study

05/31/2019 - Enacted

The law provides for an independent disparity study of the Colorado procurement process and recommendations to address any discrepancies identified by the study. Historically underutilized business means a business that is 51% owned by individuals who are citizens or lawful permanent residents and members of minority groups, including African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Asian Americans and Native Americans.

Miscellaneous

IL

H

2176

Notaries Public

08/23/2019 - Enacted

This legislation amends the Illinois notary public act to require a notary public who is not an attorney or an accredited immigration representative to provide any person seeking notary services with a written notice that the notary public is not allowed to draft legal documents or give legal advice.

Miscellaneous

IL

H

3196

Immigration Task Force

08/23/2019 - Enacted

This legislation creates a one-year Immigration Task Force requiring legislative, executive and immigrant organizations to assess the status of immigrant communities in the state and make recommendations.  Issues to assess include what Illinois is doing to help immigrant communities, including whether immigrants are receiving help to become citizens and business owners, and whether they are receiving aid for educational purposes. The organization will also assess the practices and procedures of the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency within Illinois and the use and condition of detention centers. A report is due by May 31, 2020.

Miscellaneous

ME

H

582

Racial, Indigenous and Tribal Populations Commission

06/21/2019 - Enacted

This law establishes the Permanent Commission on the Status of Racial, Indigenous and Maine Tribal Populations. The commission must consist of members who represent the diverse racial, indigenous and tribal populations in the state. Of the members appointed by the Senate president, House speaker and governor, one must represent a refugee and immigrant organization.

Miscellaneous

MI

ERO

3

Executive Reorganization

08/11/2019 - Enacted

This law renames the Michigan Office for New Americans as the Office of Global Michigan. The executive director of the office will advise the governor on matters relating to new Americans, immigration policy, enforcement of federal immigration laws in Michigan, and on other matters as requested by the governor.

Miscellaneous

NV

S

538

Immigrant Information and Services

06/14/2019 - Enacted

This law establishes an office for new Americans in the governor's office to advise the governor and each state agency on all matters relating to formulating and implementing policies, programs and procedures affecting immigrants. The law requires each regulatory body to create an online resource for immigrants that provides information on how to obtain a license to practice each occupation or profession the regulatory body regulates.

Miscellaneous

OK

H

2618

Disabilities

04/30/2019 - Enacted

This law requires any public body that collects personally identifiable data to make available on its website what is being stored, how it's being stored and with whom the information is being shared. Personally identifiable data includes name, Social Security number, official state- or government-issued driver’s license or identification number, alien registration number,  government passport number, employer or taxpayer identification number, or any other information that is linked or linkable to an individual, such as medical, educational, financial or employment information.

Miscellaneous

CA

A

378

Family Child Care Providers

09/30/2019 - Enacted

This law grants bargaining rights to child care workers. In its findings, the legislature notes that the early care and education workforce is almost exclusively female and predominantly people of color, including many recent immigrants, first-generation college students and working mothers.

Public Benefits

CA

A

677

Intercountry Adoption Finalized in a Foreign Country

10/12/2019 - Enacted

This law requires that a foreign adoption be set for readoption in California within a set period of time and sets criteria for the readoption petition, including proof that the child was granted lawful entry into the U.S. as an immediate relative of the adoptive parent.

Public Benefits

CA

A

1377

CalFresh

10/02/2019 - Enacted

This law requires the California departments of education, health care services and social services to develop a statewide process for using data to increase CalFresh enrollment, and requires the departments to issue recommendations to the relevant policy committees of the legislature no later than Aug. 31, 2020. The departments must work with a range of stakeholders, including school nutrition programs, local agencies that determine CalFresh program eligibility, family advocates, immigrant advocates, food policy advocates, representatives of the automated systems that support free and reduced-price school meals programs, Medi-Cal, the CalFresh program, and the electronic benefits transfer system.

Public Benefits

CA

S

80

Human Services Omnibus

06/27/2019 - Enacted

This human services omnibus law includes a provision requiring the state Department of Social Services to administer a rapid response program to award grants or contracts to entities that provide critical assistance to immigrants during times of need, including medical treatment, temporary shelter, food and clothing. The law also amends refugee resettlement services, including additional services for pupils who are unaccompanied and undocumented minors.

Public Benefits

CO

H

1042

Court Jurisdiction for Vulnerable Youth

03/28/2019 - Enacted

This law expands the jurisdiction of the courts for certain vulnerable youth and provides for judicial appointment of a guardian if a request is made for the court to establish the minor’s eligibility for classification as a special immigrant juvenile.

Public Benefits

D.C.

B

384

Standby Guardians

07/31/2019 - Enacted

This law expands the standby guardianship law to enable a parent, legal guardian or legal custodian who is, or may be subject to, an adverse immigration action to make short-term plans for a child without terminating or limiting that person’s parental or custodial rights.

Public Benefits

ME

H

1155

Long-term Stability of At- risk Youth

06/18/2019 - Enacted

This law provides the district court with jurisdiction to consider petitions filed by at-risk noncitizens who are within a certain age range and the Probate Court with jurisdiction for at-risk noncitizens who are under a specified age.

Public Benefits

NC

H

469

Equitable Distribution

07/26/2019 - Enacted

This law amends the adoption law. If a man and a woman have adopted a minor child in a foreign country while married to one another and one of them has died, then the survivor may petition for readoption, and the court shall issue any decree of adoption in the names of both of the man and the woman who adopted the minor child in a foreign country.

Public Benefits

ND

S

2124

Human Service Zones Creation

04/17/2019 - Enacted

This law creates human service zones to make economic assistance programs accessible to all citizens of the state, including temporary assistance for needy families, employment and training, child care, medical assistance, supplemental nutrition assistance, and refugee assistance.

Public Benefits

NM

S

23

Youth Foster Care Services

04/02/2019 - Enacted

This law creates a fostering connections program for young adults to provide health care, housing and other services. The citizenship or immigration status of a young adult may not be a factor when determining the young adult's eligibility for this program. Case management services to assist in the transition from fostering connections to adulthood include help obtaining employment or other financial support; a government-issued identification card; and appropriate community resources, including health, mental health, developmental disability and other disability services and support. Services also include assistance in applying for special immigrant juvenile status under federal law, or applying for other immigration relief for which the eligible adult may be qualified.

Public Benefits

NM

S

95

Individual Development Account

04/03/2019 - Enacted

This law clarifies that funds in an individual development account will not count in eligibility calculations for benefits under the New Mexico Works Act or the Education Works Act. Eligible individuals include a citizen, legal resident, refugee, asylee or person otherwise legally present in the United States at the time the person opens the individual development account.

Public Benefits

OK

H

2468

Gestational Agreement Act

05/23/2019 - Enacted

This legislation allows private parties to enter into gestational agreements in order to help facilitate the birth of children to parents who are not otherwise able to conceive or carry them, and provides procedures for a court to validate gestational agreements. No person may be a party to a gestational agreement if such person is in the United States illegally.

Public Benefits

OR

H

2508

Refugee Resettlement Services

07/23/2019 - Enacted

This law requires Oregon’s Department of Human Services to award grants to eligible agencies to provide the specified services to refugees residing in the state for up to 24 months and includes $2 million in appropriations.

Public Benefits

IL

H

1553

Special Immigrant Juveniles

07/23/2019 - Enacted

This law states that an Illinois court has jurisdiction to enable a child to petition the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services for classification as a Special Immigrant Juvenile.

Public Benefits

AR

SR

3

Border Security Support

03/27/2019 - Enacted

This resolution supports President Donald Trump and the Arkansas congressional delegation on the border security issue and urges a long-term funding solution.

Resolutions

AR

SR

25

Community Schools in Improving Community Engagement

03/11/2019 - Enacted

This resolution supports the successful implementation of community schools as an evidence-based strategy to provide students with equitable access to a high-quality education, effective family and community engagement, and an improved outcome. A community school includes integrated student supports, which address out-of-school barriers to learning through partnerships with social and health service agencies and providers. These are coordinated by a community school director, including, without limitation, medical, dental, vision and mental health care services and counselors to assist with housing, transportation, nutrition, immigration and criminal justice issues.   

Resolutions

AZ

HCM

2001

Deported Veterans and Medical Treatment

05/21/2019 - Enacted

This resolution urges Congress to enact legislation to provide medical treatment and other benefits for all veterans, including those who have been deported.

Resolutions

CA

ACR

1

Immigration: Public Charges

09/26/2019 - Enacted

This resolution condemns regulations adopted by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to prescribe how a determination of inadmissibility for a person who is not a citizen or national is made based on the likelihood that the person will become a public charge. It urges the federal government to repeal the new regulations.

Resolutions

CA

ACR

2

Persian New Year

04/29/2019 - Enacted

This resolution recognizes March 31, 2019, as Nowruz, the Persian New Year celebration.

Resolutions

CA

ACR

3

Korean American Day

02/11/2019 - Enacted

This resolution proclaims Jan. 13, 2019, as Korean American Day.

Resolutions

CA

ACR

13

Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties

02/22/2019 - Enacted

This resolution designates Jan. 30, 2019, as Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution.

Resolutions

CA

ACR

30

Portuguese National Heritage Month.

06/25/2019 - Enacted

This resolution declares the month of June 2019 as Portuguese National Heritage Month.

Resolutions

CA

ACR

34

Irish American heritage Month

04/04/2019 - Enacted

This resolution designates March 2019 as Irish American Heritage Month.

Resolutions

CA

ACR

50

Workforce Development

09/09/2019 - Enacted

This resolution states the legislature's commitment to remove barriers and ensure that good jobs and career pathway programs are accessible to all, including immigrants and refugees.

Resolutions

CA

ACR

74

Asian and Pacific Islander American Heritage Month

06/04/2019 - Enacted

This resolution recognizes May 2019 as Asian and Pacific Islander American Heritage Month.

Resolutions

CA

ACR

121

Chinese American Day

09/26/2019 - Enacted

This resolution desginates Oct. 23, 2019, as Chinese American Day.

Resolutions

CA

ACR

130

African Descendants of Slaves in the United States

09/26/2019 - Enacted

This resolution recognizes August 2019 as 400 years since Africans were brought to Virginia and recognizes the need to pursue ways to provide reparations for descendants of African slaves.

Resolutions

CA

ACR

132

California Hindu American Awareness Month

09/26/2019 - Enacted

This resolution designates October 2019 as California Hindu American Awareness and Appreciation Month and recognizes the contributions of Californians of Hindu heritage and the need to increase awareness of the Hindu American community.

Resolutions

CA

ACR

133

California's Sikh American Awareness Month

09/26/2019 - Enacted

This resolution designates November 2019 as California's Sikh American Awareness and Appreciation Month, recognizes the significant contributions of Californians of Sikh heritage and seeks to better appreciate the principles of Sikh Americans.

Resolutions

CA

AJR

1

Vietnamese Refugees

02/22/2019 - Enacted

This resolution urges the president of the United States to stop any efforts to renegotiate the 2008 U.S. Vietnam repatriation agreement and urges that any renegotiation include historically accepted deportation protections for Vietnamese refugees

Resolutions

CA

AJR

9

Immigration Enforcement Tactics

07/02/2019 - Enacted

This resolution urges the federal government to stop using ruses against immigrants, revise the tactics used by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), cease the unjust detention of undocumented immigrants, end blanket raids against individuals thought to be without documents, and adopt a standard uniform for ICE officers that clearly identifies them as ICE when operating in the state.

Resolutions

CA

AJR

11

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals: Protections

08/27/2019 - Enacted

This resolution urges the president and the Congress of the United States to enact legislation to provide a permanent solution for immigrant youths and individuals with Temporary Protected Status.

Resolutions

CA

AJR

16

Armenian Genocide

09/11/2019 - Enacted

This resolution designates the year 2019 as State of California Year of Commemoration on the Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide of 1915-1923, and designates April 24, 2019, as State of California Day of Commemoration of the 104th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide of 1915-1923. It calls on the president and Congress to formally and consistently reaffirm the historical truth that the atrocities committed against the Armenian people constituted genocide.

Resolutions

CA

AJR

19

Refugees

09/26/2019 - Enacted

This resolution welcomes refugees and declares support for the resettlement of refugees in California, no matter their religion, race, nationality, sexual orientation, gender identity or country of origin, and calls on other local governments and communities to join them in supporting a stronger national effort to resettle the world's most vulnerable refugees. This resolution also calls on the federal government to resettle all 30,000 refugees that the U.S. has committed to resettle in fiscal year 2019 and to increase admissions to 75,000 for fiscal year 2020.

Resolutions

CA

HR

26

Assyrian New Year

03/28/2019 - Enacted

This resolution celebrates the Assyrian New Year and the Assyrians people who are productive members of American society and enrich American culture by contributing their talents in numerous fields.

Resolutions

CA

HR

33

World Refugee Day

06/20/2019 - Enacted

This resolution declares June 20, 2019, as World Refugee Day.

Resolutions

CA

HR

46

Relative to Arirang Day

08/12/2019 - Enacted

This resolution recognizes Oct. 11, 2019, as Arirang Day.

Resolutions

CA

HR

47

Dosan Ahn Chang Ho Day

08/12/2019 - Enacted

This resolution declares Nov. 9, 2019 and each Nov. 9 thereafter as Dosan Ahn Chang Ho Day. The Korean American immigrant experience was vastly enhanced by Dosan Ahn Chang Ho's leadership, and his pioneering and patriotic spirit still lives on in the minds of Korean immigrants.

Resolutions

CA

HR

60

National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

09/09/2019 - Enacted

This resolution recognizes October 2019, and each following October, as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. It also recognizes that due to the marginalization of certain groups in society, including undocumented individuals, transgender individuals and people living with disabilities, these groups have an increased vulnerability to domestic violence.

Resolutions

CA

HR

65

Filipino American History Month

09/09/2019 - Enacted

This resolution recognizes October 2019 as Filipino American History Month and the 432nd anniversary of the first presence of Filipinos in the continental United States.

Resolutions

CA

SCR

10

Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and Constitution

03/06/2019 - Enacted

This resolution designates Jan. 30, 2019, as the Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution.

Resolutions

CA

SCR

16

Day of Remembrance

03/27/2019 - Enacted

This resolution declares Feb. 19, 2019, as a Day of Remembrance in order to increase public awareness of the events surrounding the incarceration of Americans of Japanese ancestry during World War II.

Resolutions

CA

SCR

22

Arab American Heritage Month

04/17/2019 - Enacted

This resolution proclaims April 2019 as Arab American Heritage Month.

Resolutions

CA

SCR

30

Asian and Pacific Islander American Heritage Month

06/28/2019 - Enacted

This resolution recognizes May 2019 as Asian and Pacific Islander American Heritage Month.

Resolutions

CA

SCR

47

California Small Business Month

07/09/2019 - Enacted

This resolution declares May as Small Business Month and expresses the legislature's support of the governor's efforts in promoting small business and to the small business community. A growing number of these companies are being started and owned by women, people of color and immigrants.

Resolutions

CA

SCR

76

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

09/19/2019 - Enacted

This resolution recognizes October 2019, and each following October, as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. It also recognizes that due to the marginalization of certain groups in society, including undocumented individuals, transgender individual, and people living with disabilities, these groups have an increased vulnerability to domestic violence.

Resolutions

CA

SR

11

Human Trafficking Awareness Month

01/28/2019 - Enacted

This resolution proclaims January 2019 as Human Trafficking Awareness Month in California in order to encourage greater awareness of human trafficking within the state of California, the United States, and internationally.

Resolutions

CA

SR

31

Armenian Genocide of 1915-1923

04/22/2019 - Enacted

This resolution designates the year of 2019 as State of California Year of Commemoration of the Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide of 1915-1923. In doing so, it intends, through the enactment of legislation, that the Armenian genocide is properly commemorated and taught to its citizens and visitors through statewide educational and cultural events.

Resolutions

CA

SR

44

LGBTQ Pride Month

06/24/2019 - Enacted

This resolution proclaims June 2019 as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Pride Month and a commitment to the struggles of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people at home and abroad.

Resolutions

CA

SR

45

Portuguese National Heritage Month

06/03/2019 - Enacted

This resolution declares June 2019 as Portuguese National Heritage Month.

Resolutions

CA

SR

46

Immigrant Heritage Month

06/13/2019 - Enacted

This resolution proclaims June 2019 as Immigrant Heritage Month.

Resolutions

CA

SR

48

Commerce

09/06/2019 - Enacted

This resolution urges the leaders of the United States to avoid tariffs with Mexico.

Resolutions

CO

S

230

Refugee Services Program

05/28/2019 - Enacted

This resolution affirms Colorado's commitment to welcoming refugees and ensures the long-term preservation of the refugee resettlement program to support refugee integration into Colorado communities.

Resolutions

CO

SR

12

Remembrance of the Armenian Genocide

04/24/2019 - Enacted

This resolution commemorates the 104th anniversary of the Armenian genocide, acknowledges April 24, 2019, and April 24 of each year after as the Colorado Day of Remembrance of the Armenian Genocide, and expresses support for constructive and durable relations between the country of Armenia and its neighbors.

Resolutions

D.C.

R

437

Emergency Declaration Resolution

07/09/2019 - Enacted

This resolution declares the existence of an emergency with respect to the need to expand the Standby Guardianship Law to enable a parent, legal guardian or legal custodian who is, or may be subject to, an adverse immigration action, to make short-term plans for a child without terminating or limiting that person's parental or custodial rights.

Resolutions

D.C.

R

501

Emergency Declaration Resolution

10/08/2019 - Enacted

This resolution declares the existence of an emergency to limit the district’s cooperation with federal immigration agencies, including by complying with detainer requests, absent a judicial warrant or order.

Resolutions

DE

HCR

11

Victims’ Rights Week Resolution

03/13/2019 - Enacted

This resolution recognizes April 7-13, 2019, as Crime Victims' Rights Week in the state of Delaware and recommits to ensuring that all victims and survivors of crime, especially those who are challenging to reach or serve, are offered culturally and linguistically accessible and appropriate services in the aftermath of crime.

Resolutions

DE

HCR

23

Medical Center Contributions Resolution

04/10/2019 - Enacted

This resolution recognizes the contributions made by the Henrietta Johnson Medical Center and the LaRed Health Center to the quality of life and system of health care for the thousands of medically underserved and uninsured in Delaware.

Resolutions

DE

HCR

53

Caribbean American Heritage Month Resolution

06/19/2019 - Enacted

This resolution recognizes the month of June 2019 as Caribbean American Heritage Month in the state of Delaware

Resolutions

DE

HR

6

Workers Memorial Day Resolution

04/18/2019 - Enacted

This resolution recognizes April 28, 2019, as Workers Memorial Day, including to increase attention to the safety and health of Latino and immigrant workers who are at a much greater risk of death and injury.

Resolutions

FL

HR

8017

Recognition Resolution

03/27/2019 - Enacted

This resolution recognizes March 2, 2019, as Puerto Ricans' United States Citizenship Day in Florida.  March 2, 2019, marks the 102nd anniversary of the Jones-Shafroth Act and the granting of U.S. citizenship to the people of Puerto Rico. As residents of Florida, Puerto Ricans actively participate in public affairs and make significant cultural, political and social contributions.

Resolutions

FL

HR

8037

Designation Resolution

04/25/2019 - Enacted

This resolution designates May 2019 as Haitian Heritage Month in the state.

Resolutions

FL

HR

8039

Recognition Resolution

04/26/2019 - Enacted

This resolution recognizes July 2019 as Peruvian Heritage Month in Florida.

Resolutions

FL

HR

8041

Recognition Resolution

04/24/2019 - Enacted

This resolution recognizes June 2019 as Caribbean Heritage Month in Florida.

Resolutions

FL

SR

1866

Walter Loebenberg

04/23/2019 - Enacted

This resolution remembers the extraordinary life of Walter Loebenberg, founder of The Florida Holocaust Museum.

Resolutions

GA

HR

82

Commendatory Resolution

01/29/2019 - Enacted

This resolution commends Dr. Pierluigi Mancini for his outstanding achievements on behalf of immigrant mental health.

Resolutions

GA

HR

126

Honorary Resolution

02/05/2019 - Enacted

This resolution honors the life and memory of Fred Toyosaburo Korematsu.

Resolutions

GA

HR

154

Recognition Resolution

02/07/2019 - Enacted

This resolution recognizes and honors Feb. 12, 2019, as Korean American Day at the state capitol.

Resolutions

GA

HR

160

Commendatory Resolution

02/07/2019 - Enacted

This resolution commends the many contributions Caribbean Americans have made to the state of Georgia and the United States. It recognizes March 14, 2019, as Caribbean American Day at the state capitol.

Resolutions

GA

HR

174

Recognition Resolution

02/08/2019 - Enacted

This resolution recognizes Feb. 14, 2019, as New Americans Day at the state capitol.

Resolutions

GA

HR

193

Recognition Resolution

02/11/2019 - Enacted

This resolution recognizes and commends the contributions of Asian Americans Advancing Justice Atlanta.

Resolutions

GA

HR

194

Recognition Resolution

02/11/2019 - Enacted

This resolution recognizes and commends the contributions of immigrants and refugees in Georgia.

Resolutions

GA

HR

228

Securing Citizenship for Certain Adopted Individuals

03/28/2019 - Enacted

This resolution urges the president of the United States and the Congress of the United States to enact legislation securing the citizenship of internationally adopted adult individuals.

Resolutions

GA

HR

431

Recognition Resolution

03/05/2019 - Enacted

This legislation recognizes and commends the members of the 2019 St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee, General Chairman Lawrence E. Edgerly, and the grand marshal of the 2019 St. Patrick's Day Parade, Gerald Patrick Counihan Sr., on the upcoming occasion of the 2019 St. Patrick's Day Parade in Savannah, Ga.

Resolutions

GA

HR

473

Recognition Resolution

03/07/2019 - Enacted

This resolution recognizes and commends the contributions of Georgia's Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) and recognized March 13th, 2019, as Georgia Asian American Lobby Day at the state capitol.

Resolutions

GA

HR

493

Recognition Resolution

03/11/2019 - Enacted

This resolution recognizes and commends David Stanton, Ireland's government minister for Equality, Immigration, and Integration.

Resolutions

GA

HR

517

Recognition Resolution

03/13/2019 - Enacted

This resolution recognizes and commends David Stanton, Ireland's government minister for Equality, Immigration, and Integration.

Resolutions

GA

HR

525

Recognition Resolution

03/13/2019 - Enacted

This legislation recognizes and commends Joann Weiss for her work with immigrants.

Resolutions

GA

HR

671

Recognition Resolution

03/25/2019 - Enacted

This adopted resolution recognizes and commends the contributions of the Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials (GALEO) in the state of Georgia for the past 15 years.

Resolutions

GA

HR

821

Recognition Resolution

04/02/2019 - Enacted

This resolution recognizes and commends the 21st Annual American Society for Public Administration, Georgia Chapter Academic Conference.

Resolutions

GA

HR

834

Recognition Resolution

04/02/2019 - Enacted

This resolution recognizes April 2019 as Genocide Prevention and Awareness Month at the state capitol to honor the thousands who died and the millions made refugees by Saddam Hussein.

Resolutions

GA

HR

841

Recognition Resolution

04/02/2019 - Enacted

This resolution recognizes June 2019 as Immigrant Heritage Month.

Resolutions

GA

HR

842

Recognition Resolution

04/02/2019 - Enacted

This resolution recognizes and honors May 2019 as Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month and as an important time to celebrate the significant contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders to the history of the United States.

Resolutions

GA

HR

854

Recognition Resolution

04/02/2019 - Enacted

This resolution recognizes and commends the immigration-related exhibit “Of Origins and Belonging, Drawn from Atlanta” at the High Museum in Atlanta.

Resolutions

GA

SR

97

Recognition Resolution

02/07/2019 - Enacted

This resolution recognizes Feb. 14, 2019, as New Americans Day at the state capitol.

Resolutions

GA

SR

107

Recognition Resolution

02/08/2019 - Enacted

This resolution recognizes April 2019 as Genocide Prevention and Awareness Month at the state capitol to honor the thousands who died and the millions made refugees by Saddam Hussein.

Resolutions

GA

SR

114

Urging Congress Action

04/02/2019 - Enacted

This resolution urges Congress to pass funding legislation that will secure the southern border of the United States.

Resolutions

GA

SR

323

Recognition Resolution

03/11/2019 - Enacted

This resolution recognizes and commends the members of the 2019 St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee on the occasion of the 2019 St. Patrick's Day Parade in Savannah, Ga.

Resolutions

GA

SR

363

Recognition Resolution

03/14/2019 - Enacted

This resolution recognizes and commends David Stanton, Ireland's government minister for Equality, Immigration, and Integration.

Resolutions

HI

HR

20

Commending Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawai'i

02/07/2019 - Enacted

This resolution commends the Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawai'i for its contributions to advancing Hawaiian culture.

Resolutions

HI

HR

105

Multiple Languages Emergency Notification

04/04/2019 - Enacted

This resolution convenes the Multiple Languages Emergency Notification working group.

Resolutions

HI

SR

161

Compact of Free Association Advisory Body

04/04/2019 - Enacted

This resolution urges the Hawaii Department of Human Services to create a Compact of Free Association Advisory Body representing the individuals who have immigrated to Hawaii from the independent nations of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia and Republic of Palau.

Resolutions

IL

HJR

24

Automatic Citizenship Civil Rights

03/19/2019 - Enacted

This resolution supports, as a civil right, automatic citizenship to all qualifying children adopted by a U.S. citizen parent, regardless of the date on which the adoption was finalized.

Resolutions

IL

HJR

74

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

05/31/2019 - Enacted

This resolution declares May 2019 as Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month and welcomes everyone to Asian American Action Day on May 15, 2019 at the capitol.

Resolutions

IL

HR

8

Congratulatory Resolution

01/10/2019 - Enacted

This resolution congratulates Representative Daniel J. Burke on his dedicated service as member of the House of Representatives, including his steady and forceful voice for immigrants.

Resolutions

IL

HR

116

Commendatory Resolution

02/19/2019 - Enacted

This resolution commends and supports the Simon Wiesenthal Center on its efforts to bring mobile tolerance education to communities throughout to help prevent further incidents of hate and discrimination.

Resolutions

IL

HR

175

Memorial Resolution

03/12/2019 - Enacted

This resolution mourns the death of Vincenzo D'Argento of Norridge, Il., who immigrated from Italy to Chicago and worked tirelessly to support his family and Chicago.

Resolutions

IL

HR

176

Congratulatory Resolution

03/12/2019 - Enacted

This resolution congratulates Hee Jung Choi on her 104th birthday whereas Hee Jung Choi had immigrated to Chicago in 1978.

Resolutions

IL

HR

206

Congratulatory Resolution

03/20/2019 - Enacted

This resolution congratulates the Village of Glencoe, first settled by German and English immigrant families, on its 150th anniversary and the people who have created, developed and kept
the village vibrant since its incorporation, and who represent a
uniquely diverse group of residents from all racial, ethnic, religious, trade and business backgrounds who share their love
of and commitment to the Village of Glencoe.

Resolutions

IL

HR

227

Census Day

05/15/2019 - Enacted

This resolution declares April 1, 2019, as Census Day and encourages every citizen in the state to support efforts to ensure an accurate census in 2020. Census data collected is confidential and information cannot be shared with immigration enforcement agencies, law enforcement agencies or any agency that determines eligibility for government benefits.

Resolutions

IL

HR

241

DACA Legislation

05/30/2019 - Enacted

This resolution urges the U.S. Congress to pass legislation that provides the right to visas for the undocumented parents of U.S. citizen children or DACA-eligible children, along with Temporary Protected Status recipient parents with U.S. citizen children or children brought here before age 16. The legislation would allow them and their children to stay and work legally in this country to provide for the economic, physical and spiritual security and development of those children. It urges the U.S. Congress to pass a clean DACA bill.

Resolutions

IL

HR

259

Commendatory Resolution

04/11/2019 - Enacted

This resolution commends the work being done by Crime Survivors for Safety and Justice to prevent people from becoming victims and assist all survivors in recovering from crime and trauma regardless of age, national origin, race, creed, religion, gender, sexual orientation, immigration or economic status.

Resolutions

IL

HR

266

Cesar Chavez Day

05/16/2019 - Enacted

This resolution declares March 31, 2019, and March 31, 2020, as Cesar Chavez Day.

Resolutions

IL

HR

305

Transcontinental Railroad Day

05/22/2019 - Enacted

This resolution declares May 10, 2019, as Transcontinental Railroad Day in the state and recognizes the employment of thousands of
workers, many of them Chinese and Irish immigrants, Mormons,
Native Americans, free blacks and others who worked together
to construct the railroad.

Resolutions

IL

HR

343

For-profit Companies Sheltering Migrant Children

05/30/2019 - Enacted

This resolution urges the state to divest from any for-profit companies that contract to shelter migrant children.

Resolutions

IL

HR

350

Memorial Resolution

05/07/2019 - Enacted

This resolution mourns the passing of former State Representative and State Senator Don Totten, a strong believer in America who
welcomed newcomers to this country and took great pleasure in
helping people navigate the immigration and citizenship
process.

Resolutions

IL

HR

370

Congratulatory Resolution

05/16/2019 - Enacted

This resolution congratulates Valeri DeCastris on her induction into the Italian American Hall of Fame by the Greater Rockford Italian American Association.

Resolutions

IL

HR

389

Honorary Resolution

05/20/2019 - Enacted

This resolution honors the Town of Swinford, County Mayo, Ireland, on its 250th anniversary.

Resolutions

IL

HR

400

Congratulatory Resolution

05/22/2019 - Enacted

This resolution congratulates the Coalition of Limited English Speaking Elderly on the occasion of its 30th anniversary.

Resolutions

IL

HR

426

Recognition Resolution

05/29/2019 - Enacted

This resolution recognizes Ryan's Round Barn as a historic and cultural treasure and commended the Friends of Johnson Park Foundation for their continuing preservation efforts.

Resolutions

IL

SR

58

Memorial Resolution

01/31/2019 - Enacted

This resolution mourns the death of Thomas Reynolds, whereas Thomas Reynolds was born in Chicago to Irish immigrants and served as a second assistant Cook County public defender.

Resolutions

IL

SR

86

Memorial Resolution

02/07/2019 - Enacted

This resolution mourns the death of Barbara Elaine Russell Brown of Highland Park, whereas Barbara Brown was born in Chicago to Jewish immigrants and served on the research staff of Chicago's Field Museum.

Resolutions

IL

SR

205

Memorial Resolution

03/14/2019 - Enacted

This resolution mourns the death of Col. Jill E. Morgenthaler of Mt. Prospect, the first woman battalion commander in the
88th Regional Support Command and later the first woman brigade
commander in the 84th Division. In the 1990s, she was sent to Bosnia and Kosovo, where she earned a humanitarian service medal for helping to resettle Kosovar refugees.

Resolutions

IL

SR

209

Designation Resolution

04/10/2019 - Enacted

This resolution designates the month of April 2019 as Sikh Awareness and Appreciation Month in the state.

Resolutions

IL

SR

420

Commendatory Resolution

05/15/2019 - Enacted

This resolution declares May 2019 as Asian and Pacific Islander American Heritage Month. It commends Asian and Pacific Islander Americans for their notable accomplishments and contributions to the state.

Resolutions

IL

SR

446

Memorial Resolution

06/01/2019 - Enacted

This resolution mourns the death of Ana Paparigian of Waukegan, Il., originally from Baku, Azerbaijan. The daughter of early refugees from the Armenian genocide, she served as a founding member of the St. George Armenian Apostolic Church and a past president of the Women's Guild.

Resolutions

IN

HCR

40

Memorial Resolution

03/25/2019 - Enacted

This resolution memorializes Dorothy Weitz Drummond for her humanitarian and education work, including resettling Vietnamese
refugees in Terre Haute and establishing the Terre Haute chapter of Bread for the World to fight hunger.

Resolutions

IN

HR

29

Celebratory Resolution

03/07/2019 - Enacted

This resolution celebrates International Women's Day and recognizes the essential role of women in history during women's history month.

Resolutions

IN

HR

47

Recognition Resolution

03/28/2019 - Enacted

This resolution recognizes March 25 through March 31 as Farmworkers Awareness Week in 2019, and the work of Proteus, Inc. and Mr. Cesar Chavez.

Resolutions

IN

SCR

74

Recognition Resolution

04/16/2019 - Enacted

This resolution recognizes Perry Township Schools for receiving the 2019 National Award of Excellence for Educator Effectiveness by the National Institute for Excellence in Teaching (NIET). Perry Township Schools educates 16,300 students representing 67 countries and 72 languages, including 3,174 refugees.

Resolutions

KY

HR

114

Recognition Resolution

02/20/2019 - Enacted

This resolution recognizes Refugee and Immigrant Day at the Capitol.

Resolutions

KY

HR

122

Presidential Resolution

02/21/2019 - Enacted

This resolution commends and thanks the president of the United States for declaring an emergency and protecting the United States border. It commends and thanks the men and women of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). It urges the president and Congress to fund construction of steel barriers and border control impediments,  strengthen current border control infrastructure, ensure compliance with and enforcement of federal immigration laws.

Resolutions

KY

HR

168

Recognition Resolution

03/06/2019 - Enacted

This resolution recognizes March as Irish American Heritage Month for Kentucky.

Resolutions

KY

HR

230

Internationally Adopted Adult Individuals

03/28/2019 - Enacted

This resolution urges the president and Congress to enact legislation to secure the citizenship of internationally adopted adult individuals.

Resolutions

KY

SJR

44

Memorial Resolution

03/25/2019 - Enacted

This resolution designates Interstate 471 in the commonwealth in honor and memory of former U.S. Senator and Major League Baseball Hall of Famer James Paul David "Jim" Bunning, a staunch and outspoken conservative who was a tireless advocate for the conservative cause and a fearless, tenacious fighter who opposed such issues as illegal immigration.

Resolutions

KY

SR

101

Recognition Resolution

02/27/2019 - Enacted

This resolution recognizes Refugee and Immigrant Day at the capitol.

Resolutions

KY

SR

150

Recognition Resolution

03/06/2019 - Enacted

This resolution recognizes March as Irish American Heritage Month for Kentucky.

Resolutions

LA

HCR

109

Criminal and Convictions

06/04/2019 - Enacted

This resolution requests Voice of the Experienced to study the breadth and depth of information provided to defendants prior to pleading guilty in the state. This includes immigration cases.

Resolutions

MI

HR

155

Welcoming Week Resolution

09/12/2019 - Enacted

This resolution proclaims Sept. 13-22, 2019, as Welcoming Week. The state of Michigan is proud to partner with Welcoming America and Welcoming Michigan, which aim to build cooperation, respect and compassion among all in our community, immigrants and non-immigrants alike.

Resolutions

MT

HJR

26

Census Citizenship Question

04/08/2019 - Enacted

This resolution urges the U.S. Congress to include a citizenship question on the 2020 census.

Resolutions

ND

HCR

3025

Congressional Resolution

03/28/2019 - Enacted

This resolution urges Congress and the president to fund construction of a wall and border control impediments, strengthen border control infrastructure, and ensure compliance with and enforcement of federal immigration laws.

Resolutions

NJ

AJR

196

Calendar Resolution

06/07/2019 - Enacted

This resolution designates June 10 of each year as Portugal Day in the state. Among the great Portuguese-Americans who have contributed significantly to this country are composer John Philip Sousa, best known for composing "The Stars and Stripes Forever," and poet Emma Lazarus, best known for her sonnet about the Statue of Liberty.

Resolutions

NJ

SR

40

Federal Internal Revenue Service

03/25/2019 - Enacted

This resolution urges federal Internal Revenue Service to devote additional resources to combat the recent surge in tax-related scams that seek to defraud unsuspecting taxpayers and often con the victim into making payment on the bogus bill by using threats of arrest, deportation, license revocation or the seizure of valuable assets.

Resolutions

NJ

SR

83

Taiwan Sister State Relationship Anniversary

12/17/2018 - Enacted

This resolution commemorates the 29th anniversary of the state-Taiwan sister state relationship and recognizes the importance of strong and enduring relations between the state and Taiwan.

Resolutions

NM

HM

8

Asian American Day

01/17/2019 - Enacted

This resolution declares Jan. 17, 2019, as Asian American Day in the New Mexico House of Representatives.

Resolutions

NM

SM

1

Asian American Day

01/17/2019 - Enacted

This resolution declares Jan. 17, 2019, as Asian American Day in the New Mexico Senate.

Resolutions

NV

AJR

6

Decennial Census Citizenship Question

05/23/2019 - Enacted

This resolution urges Congress to prevent the U.S. Census Bureau from adding a citizenship question to the 2020 decennial census.

Resolutions

PR

HR

676

Immigrant Investor Program Study

08/22/2019 - Enacted

This resolution orders the House Committee on Finance to investigate how the Immigrant Investor Program created by Congress, known as the EB-5 visa, has been fostered and implemented from the United States.

Resolutions

PR

HR

805

Real ID Act Compliance Study

01/24/2019 - Enacted

This resolution requires a study of the compliance process with the Real ID Act of 2005 and the measures that are being taken to achieve it.

Resolutions

RI

H

5939

Calendar Resolution

04/02/2019 - Enacted

This resolution recognizes and advocates support for the Census Day of Action, recognizing there are significant numbers of groups considered "hard to count," including immigrants who may or may not have legal status and non-fluent English speakers.

Resolutions

SD

SCR

4

Congressional and Presidential Resolution

01/14/2019 - Enacted

This resolution commends and thanks the men and women of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). It urges Congress and the president to fund construction of the southern border wall and to ensure compliance with and enforcement of federal immigration laws.

Resolutions

TN

SJR

16

Recognition Resolution

01/28/2019 - Enacted

This resolution honors and commends Pirjin Tayip Laser as a member of the 2019 class of Nashville's Top 30 Under 30.

Resolutions

TX

HR

208

Recognition Resolution

03/06/2019 - Enacted

This resolution recognizes Feb. 17-23, 2019 as National League of United Latin American Citizens Week.

Resolutions

TX

SR

535

International Border Crisis

04/02/2019 - Enacted

This resolution declares the crisis at the Texas-Mexico international border an emergency and requests Congress to adopt a budget that fully funds all means necessary to fully secure the Texas-Mexico international border.

Resolutions

UT

HCR

17

Railroad Workers Day

03/22/2019 - Enacted

This resolution expresses gratitude for the dedication and sacrifices of the railroad workers who helped build and complete the transcontinental railroad. Railroad workers reflected the multicultural and changing demographics of the United States at that time and included immigrants from various nations such as China, Ireland, and Germany. It designates May 10 as Utah Railroad Workers Day.

Resolutions

UT

HR

3

Humane Response to Refugee Crisis

02/19/2019 - Enacted

This resolution urges a humane response to the humanitarian crises at the United States and Mexico border. It recognizes the plight of millions of people who fled their country seeking relief from civil conflict or other hardships and it opposes separating children from their families at the United States and Mexico border.

Resolutions

VA

HJR

690

Completion of the First Transcontinental Railroad

02/20/2019 - Enacted

This resolution designates May 10, 2019, as the 150th Anniversary of the completion of the First Transcontinental Railroad in Virginia and recognizes the employment of thousands of
workers, many of them Chinese and Irish immigrants, Mormons,
Native Americans, free blacks and others who worked together
to construct the railroad.

Resolutions

KY

HR

15a

Urging the Attorney General Of The Commonwealth

07/22/2019 - Enacted

This resolution urges the attorney general of the commonwealth to join with Alabama in its legal cause of action against the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Bureau of the Census or to initiate a separate legal cause of action on behalf of the citizens of the commonwealth to declare the Residence Rule unlawful as violative of the Constitution of the United States and the long-standing principle of "one person, one vote." It also urges the attorney general to vacate and set aside the Residence Rule insofar as it permits or requires the Census Bureau to include illegal aliens in the population figures used to conduct the apportionment of the U.S. House of Representatives and the Electoral College among the states, and federal funding.

Resolutions

TN

SJR

7016a

Recognition Memorials

09/05/2019 - Enacted

This resolution honors Bethlehem Centers of Nashville on its 125th anniversary.

Resolutions

AR

H

1388

Registered Voters

03/01/2019 - Enacted

This enacted law ensures registered voters are U.S. citizens and creates a process to transfer information from the judiciary to the voter registration officials.

Voting

MT

S

326

Foreign Nationals and Campaign Practices

05/07/2019 - Enacted

This law prohibits foreign national interference in an election. It is unlawful for a foreign national, directly or through an intermediary, to make a disbursement for an electioneering communication, contribution or expenditure, or to make an express or implied promise to make a contribution or expenditure, in connection with any candidate election.

Voting