Report on State Immigration Laws | 2018

1/11/2019

What Are the Numbers?

Immigration Policy Report 2018Enacted legislation related to immigration decreased in 2018 by 15 percent to 175 laws compared with 206 laws in 2017. The number of resolutions decreased by 16 percent to 222 from 263. Lawmakers in 44 states, District of Columbia and Puerto Rico enacted 175 laws and 222 resolutions related to immigration, for a total of 397. An additional six bills were vetoed by governors.

Montana, North Dakota, Nevada and Texas did not hold regular sessions in 2018 and North Carolina and Ohio did not enact immigration-related legislation in 2018.

Trends 2018

Occupational Licensing. In recent years, states have been looking to fill key labor shortages in areas such as agriculture, health care, education, and science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. In the past four years, states have created programs or task forces to identify key areas for reform and craft individualized policy recommendations; passed legislation and created offices to modify licensing requirements; and allotted resources to assist foreign professionals in improving English proficiency and upgrading technical skills to meet state licensing requirements.

In 2018, nine states passed eight laws and one resolution to address barriers in occupational licensing for immigrants with work authorization. California prohibited professional licensing boards from requiring individuals to disclose their immigration status. Maryland authorized that immigrant dentists trained in foreign dental programs are qualified to take a state board examination and apply for a general license to practice dentistry. Mississippi allowed provisional licensed professional counselors to be licensed if they meet certain educational and exam requirements if they are U.S. citizens or if they have verified immigration documentation that authorizes work status. And Colorado adopted a resolution that recognized “Dreamers” losing their work authorization would have far-reaching job-loss consequences for all Americans. NCSL’s report on occupational licensing for work-authorized immigrants is available online.

Sanctuary policies. While there is no legal definition for sanctuary policies, the term is applied to jurisdictions that limit cooperation with federal immigration authorities, such as communicating information about immigration status or compliance with immigration detainers. At least 25 states considered 66 bills this year, down from 100 last year. So far in 2018, three states—California, Iowa and Tennessee—enacted laws related to sanctuary policies. California prohibited law enforcement agencies from contracting with the federal government to house individuals as federal detainees for purposes of civil immigration custody. Iowa required state law enforcement to comply with federal immigration requests, and Tennessee barred state or local government entities or officials from adopting or enacting sanctuary policies. In Oregon, a ballot initiative to repeal the state’s sanctuary laws failed 2 to 1. 

Refugees. In 2018, 13 states introduced 21 bills seeking additional state control over refugee resettlement, a sharp decline from the 65 bills introduced on the topic last year. Colorado stated that any foreign national admitted to the United States as a refugee or with special immigrant status who has settled in Colorado is eligible for in-state tuition, and Massachusetts ordered a study of areas in which there is a need for cultural and integration services for refugees. Several states, including California, Florida, Hawaii and New Mexico, introduced resolutions in support of refugees or child migrants at the southern border and urged Congress to take supportive action. Vermont and Washington enacted laws that focus on integrating refugee populations into the workforce by removing barriers for professional licensure and by increasing access to English education. Washington, D.C., provided funding for services for unaccompanied refugee minors.

2018 enacted immigration laws chart

 

Education/civics. Four additional states—Missouri, New Hampshire, Oklahoma and Pennsylvania—added portions of the federal naturalization exam to high school civics curricula and testing requirements bringing the total to 17 states. States previously enacting this requirement include Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah and West Virginia. In 2018, Connecticut, Maryland, New Jersey, Oregon and Washington enacted laws allowing certain immigrant students, such as students with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, to be eligible for financial aid.

  • The largest category—31 percent of all laws—are budget and appropriations laws, authorizing funds for such purposes as providing for immigration enforcement, immigrant integration, English language and citizenship classes and migrant and refugee programs.
  • Sixteen percent of laws dealt with education and addressing immigration and residency requirements for higher education, and four states included portions of the federal naturalization exam in high school civics requirements.
  • Legislation related to law enforcement, such as immigration enforcement and consumer fraud related to legal services, accounted for 13 percent.
  • Eleven percent of laws addressed public benefits such as eligibility, care of children or special immigrant juvenile status.
  • Legislation related to ID’s/driver’s licenses and other licenses made up 8 percent of all enacted laws on immigration.
  • Eight percent of laws focused on employment, occupational licensing, E-Verify or defining employment.
  • Five percent of laws related to health, such as interpreters, eligibility criteria for Medicaid or licensing relating to health professionals.
  • Two percent of laws addressed human trafficking, such as penalties for withholding or destroying immigration documents and providing assistance to victims.
  • Two percent of laws addressed voting.

Methodology: This report summarizes laws and resolutions enacted in 2018. 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.”

Categories of Immigration-Related Laws Enacted by Year | 2018

Category

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

Budgets

41

20

29

20

33

35

26

52

54

Education

13

13

7

15

9

23

8

31

28

Employment

27

22

10

14

18

10

4

16

15

Health

15

18

9

14

10

22

8

12

8

Human Trafficking

7

4

9

10

8

7

3

7

4

ID/Drivers Licensing

23

23

12

34

18

19

8

22

14

Law Enforcement

33

42

20

16

23

15

7

40

23

Miscellaneous

22

11

5

11

2

10

4

12

7

Public Benefits

3

12

9

10

10

8

2

11

19

Voting

5

3

3

2

1

4

0

3

3

Resolutions

128

95

92

231

84

239

159

263

222

Total (Excluding Resolutions)

189

162

114

146

132

153

70

206

175

Total (Including Resolutions)

317

269

206

377

216

392

229

469

397

 

immigration-related laws enacted 2018

Budget

Lawmakers in 25 states and the District of Columbia enacted 54 laws:  Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Mississippi, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington and Wyoming.

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

  • Example: DC B 926. This law funds goods and services for unaccompanied refugee minors.
  • Example: IL H 109. This law appropriates funds for refugee aid services, the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights and the John Donahue Immigrant Training Center.
  • Example: MA H 4732. This law provides for economic development and job creation in Massachusetts. It allocates $100,000 in technical support to immigrant and non-English-speaking businesses and business owners in East Boston.
  • Example: MA H 4800. This law includes funds for the Quintana Center Immigration Legal Clinic to provide pro bono immigration legal services to clients and allows for legal non-citizens to be given the highest priority for services. It provides funds for the Office of Refugees and Immigrants, a citizenship program for new Americans, and mental health services for immigrants and refugees who have experienced torture and trauma.
  • Example: MO H 2003. This law prohibits funding for public institutions of higher education that offer 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.
  • Example: MS S 2955. This law declares that no funds can be used by the Department of Corrections until the Commissioner of Corrections has submitted an application to the U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security to participate in the Criminal Alien Program (CAP). CAP identifies immigrants incarcerated in state correctional facilities to ensure that they are not released into the community by deporting immigrants back to their home countries before the termination of their sentences.
  • Example: NY A 9506. This law requires school liaisons for homeless, foster and migrant students to coordinate with the nutrition department to make sure such students receive free school meals in accordance with federal law.
  • Example: SC H 4950. This appropriation law includes funds for the Illegal Immigration Hotline Assistance, a 24-hour hotline to report violations of federal immigration laws or related provisions of South Carolina law by any non-U.S. citizen or immigrant, including the E-verify program, violation of human trafficking laws, landlord tenant law violations, or violations of any law pertaining to the provision or receipt of public assistance benefits or public services.
  • Example: WA S 6095. This law appropriates funds for a Refugee Women’s Alliance Early Learning Facility.

Education

Lawmakers in 14 states enacted 28 laws: Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Maryland, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Utah and Washington.

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.

  • Example: CA A 1887. This law authorizes high school students and college students who qualify for in-state tuition to serve on boards or commissions, regardless of age or immigration status.
  • Example: CA A 2098. This law related to immigrant integration requires reports from the chancellor and superintendent to be provided to the statewide director of Immigrant Integration in the governor' s Office of Planning and Research. The chancellor and superintendent are required to identify common measures for meeting the needs of immigrant and refugee adults seeking integration.
  • Example: CA A 2826. This law requires each school district of residence and school district to post on its website the procedures and timelines regarding a request for an inter-district transfer permit. The school district must ensure pupils are selected through an unbiased process that prohibits consideration of whether a pupil should be enrolled based on his or her academic or athletic performance, physical condition, proficiency in English, family income, or any individual characteristics including, but not limited to, race or ethnicity, gender, gender identity, gender expression and immigration status.
  • Example: CO S 87. This law states that any foreign national admitted to the United States as a refugee or with special immigrant status who has settled in Colorado is eligible for in-state student tuition.
  • Example: FL S 4. This higher education law includes a provision that students who are undocumented for federal immigration purposes are not eligible for scholarship awards.
  • Example: MO S 807. This law requires any student entering a public institution of higher education for the first time to pass an examination relating to American civics. The test is based on the U.S. citizenship exam.
  • Example: NH H 1496. This law requires school districts by June 30 of each year to submit the results of either a locally developed competency assessment of U.S. government and civics or the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services test to the department of education.
  • Example: OK H 3311. This law states that the subject matter standards for history, social studies and U.S. government must include the content of the U.S. naturalization test, with an emphasis on the specific content of the test and the ideas and concepts it references. The U.S. naturalization test shall be made available in physical and electronic online formats as an optional assessment tool for teachers.
  • Example: OR S 1563. This law states that a student at a post-secondary institution of education, who is not a citizen or a lawful permanent resident of the United States, is eligible to receive scholarships, grants and other financial aid from public universities in the state.

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

Employment

Lawmakers in 10 states enacted 15 laws: Arizona, California, Iowa, Idaho, Indiana, Maryland, Mississippi, New York, Vermont and Washington.

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

  • Example: CA S 695. This law prohibits a professional licensing board, including the State Department of Public Health, the Emergency Medical Services Authority and the Commission on Teacher Credentialing, from requiring an individual to disclose citizenship or immigration status and from denying licensure to an otherwise qualified and eligible individual based solely on his or her citizenship or immigration status. The law allows an applicant to provide either the individual taxpayer identification number or social security number for purposes of applying for a certificate.
  • Example: ID H 352. This law provides licensure exemptions for a physician or physician assistant who is licensed and in good standing in another jurisdiction or credentialed in another country, if employed by an established athletic organization or performing arts company temporarily practicing, competing or performing in the state for no more than 60 days in a calendar year and is practicing only on those employed by such organization or company.
  • Example: NY A 2805. This law creates entrepreneurship assistance centers primarily to assist minority group members, women, individuals with a disability, dislocated workers and veterans. A minority group member is defined as a U.S. citizen or permanent resident alien who is a member of the following groups: black, Hispanic, Asian/Pacific Islander, American Indian or Alaska Native.
  • Example: VT H 684. This law requires the director of the Office of Professional Regulation to examine means of reducing unnecessary barriers to professional licensure for qualified immigrants to Vermont from foreign countries. The director must submit a report and recommendations to the House and Senate Committees on Government Operations.

For additional information on E-Verify legislation, please see NCSL’s publication.

Health

Lawmakers in five states and the District of Columbia enacted eight laws: California, Delaware, Nebraska, New Hampshire and Washington.

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

  • Example: DC B 195. This law requires the D.C. Department of Behavioral Health to conduct a study, in consultation with private and public entities that provide health care services to members of the district's immigrant community, to evaluate the impact on the mental health of the district's immigrant community of the threat of imminent action by the federal government to remove immigrant residents from the district.
  • Example: DC B 203. This law requires the Department of Health (DOH) to issue grants to a nonprofit organization to provide services to homeless families with an infant or toddler residing in the D.C. General Family Shelter or D.C. General Family Shelter replacement units, and immigrant families. Beginning Oct. 1, 2019, the DOH must award a grant or contract annually to at least one nonprofit organization to enable the organization to provide Early Head Start to immigrant families.
  • Example: NE L 931. This law states that an individual requesting opiates must show a valid driver's or operator's license, state identification card, military identification card, alien registration card or a passport as proof of identification. 
  • Example: NH S 313. This law states that in order to be eligible for Medicaid benefits, an individual must provide all necessary information regarding financial eligibility, assets, residency, citizenship or immigration status.

Human Trafficking

Lawmakers in four states enacted four laws: Louisiana, Maine, Nebraska and Washington.

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

  • Example: ME S639. This law states that a person is guilty of criminal forced labor if he or she commits certain actions, including the withholding or destruction of a passport or other immigration document to compel a person to provide labor or services having economic value.

Example: WA H 1022. This law establishes the Safety and Access for Immigrant Victims Act for immigrant victims of human trafficking. It requires a course of study on U and T nonimmigrant visas, other legal protections for immigrant survivors of criminal activity and promising practices in working with immigrant crime victims

ID’s/Driver's Licenses and Other Licenses

Lawmakers in 10 states enacted 14 laws: California, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Oregon, Rhode Island, Tennessee and Utah.

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.

  • Example: CA S 244. This privacy law prohibits the use of a driver' s license as evidence of an individual' s citizenship or immigration status for any purpose.
  • Example: MI H 5686. This law allows state residents to apply for a personal identification card. Noncitizens must show documentation to prove legal presence in the United States, and the card is not valid past the duration of the applicant's legal presence.
  • Example: RI H 7982. This law requires the division of motor vehicles to issue an operator's or chauffeur's license to every qualifying applicant, including, but not limited to, any current or past recipient of a grant of deferred action under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

Law Enforcement

Lawmakers in 10 states, District of Columbia and Puerto Rico enacted 23 laws: Arizona, California, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Vermont, and West Virginia.

These laws typically pertain to the enforcement of immigration laws, but also include regulations pertaining to those working as notary publics and immigration consultants.

  • Example: IA S 481. This law requires state law enforcement to comply with an immigration detainer request issued by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. It prohibits local entities from adopting a policy that prohibits or discourages the enforcement of immigration laws. It prohibits local entities or employees from asking for information from a victim or witness that is not pertinent to the investigation of the alleged public offense.
  • Example: IL S. 34. The Voices of Immigrant Communities Empowering Survivors Act requires law enforcement agencies to designate officials to complete certification for T and U visas for certain victims of criminal activity for the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
  • Example: IL S 3488. This law prohibits state agencies from participating in a registry program. A registry program is a public, private, or joint public-private initiative for which particular individuals or groups of individuals, designated on the basis of their race, color, gender identity, age, religion, disability, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, military status, order of protection status, pregnancy or unfavorable discharge from military service, are required by law to register.
  • Example: PR S 57. This law orders the Office of the Procurator for Women to develop and establish the agenda for the protection and prevention of domestic violence of women of foreign nationality residing in Puerto Rico.
  • Example: TN H 2315. This law bars state or local governmental entities or officials from adopting or enacting a sanctuary policy. A state or local governmental entity that adopts or enacts a sanctuary policy is ineligible to enter into any grant contract with the department of economic and community development until the sanctuary policy is repealed, rescinded or otherwise no longer in effect.
  • Example: VT S 237. This law requires public defenders to meet professional obligations to clients who are needy persons, extending to federal immigration court and matters relating to immigration status.

For more information on sanctuary policies, please see NCSL’s issue brief.

Miscellaneous

Lawmakers in five states and the District of Columbia enacted seven laws: Florida, Illiinois, Kentucky, New Jersey and Washington.

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.

  • Example: NJ A 4208. This law establishing the New Jersey Complete Count Commission encourages outreach to hard-to-count populations, such as African-Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, Asian-Americans, non-native English speakers, persons who are indigent or homeless, college students, children younger than 5 years of age, men ages 18-49, the elderly, persons displaced by natural disasters, persons who are incarcerated and members of the LGBTQ community. The outreach must also ensure that immigrant populations in this state understand the confidentiality of the census survey and the importance of completing the 2020 Census regardless of citizenship status.
  • Example: WA H 2097. This law prohibits a state or local government agency or public employee from providing to federal government authorities personally identifiable information regarding the religious beliefs, practices or affiliation of any individual, except where the employee is a witness to a crime. Agencies may not use public funds, facilities, property, equipment or personnel to assist in creating, implementing or enforcing any government program compiling a list, registry or database of personally identifiable information about individuals based on religious beliefs, practice or affiliation for law enforcement or immigration purposes.

Public Benefits

Lawmakers in 10 states enacted 19 laws: Arizona, California, Connecticut, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, New York, Oklahoma and Washington.

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

  • Example: CA A 2090. This law clarifies that a parent is authorized to file a petition for guardianship, in connection with a petition to make the necessary findings regarding special immigrant juvenile status, if the proposed ward consents.
  • Example: CA A 2642. This law authorizes a nonprofit charitable corporation to be appointed as a guardian of a minor in connection with a petition regarding special immigrant juvenile status and would provide care and custody for the minor.
  • Example: CT H 5185. This law related to special immigrant juvenile status defines "minor child" as a person younger than 18 or an unmarried person younger than 21 who is dependent on a competent caregiver, has consented to the appointment or continuation of a guardian after turning 18 and files a petition.
  • Example: MD S 1218. This law to end youth homelessness provides for services including training on racial equity, harm reduction, trauma-informed care and needs of over-represented or particularly vulnerable groups, including immigrant youth.
  • Example: NY A 7899. This law states that when a parent, legal guardian, legal custodian or primary caretaker in connection with a federal immigration matter is arrested, detained, incarcerated, removed and/or deported, there must be a receipt of official communication by federal, state or local authorities which gives reasonable notice that care and supervision of the child will be interrupted or cannot be provided.

Voting

Lawmakers in three states enacted three laws: California, Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

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

  • Example: NH S 363. This law prohibits political expenditures by foreign nationals.

Resolutions

Lawmakers in 32 states and Puerto Rico adopted 222 resolutions: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin and Puerto Rico.

Resolutions typically commend citizens, immigrants and immigrant-serving organizations for their contributions, recognize the cultural heritage of immigrants in a state and urge Congress or the president of the United States to take certain actions. This year, at least eight states—Alaska, California, Colorado, Michigan, New Jersey, South Dakota, Tennessee and Vermont— and Puerto Rico adopted resolutions related to federal action on immigration. New Jersey, Vermont and Puerto Rico adopted resolutions condemning the federal policy of separating migrant children from their parents at the border. Three states—Illinois, New Jersey and Utah—adopted resolutions related to the U.S. Census. Illinois and New Jersey oppose the inclusion of the citizenship question in the 2020 Census by the U.S. Census Bureau and Utah urges Congress to adequately fund the 2020 Census to ensure a complete and accurate count.

  • Example: CA ACR 140. This resolution encourages all Californians to become educated about human trafficking and work to eradicate these criminal practices within and beyond our borders. It also encourages legislators, as well as organizations, businesses and individuals, to host or sponsor and attend community events to bring visibility and support to efforts made by nongovernmental organizations to recognize and combat human trafficking. The legislature recognizes that California's extensive international border, major harbors and airports, powerful economy, accelerating population, large immigrant population and industries make it a prime target for traffickers, and that combating slavery within California will serve to improve conditions both domestically and internationally.
  • Example: CA AJR 39. This resolution urges the president and Congress to enact legislation securing the citizenship of internationally adopted children who are now adults and to pass the Adoptee Citizenship Act of 2018.
  • Example: CA AJR 46. This resolution urges federal departments to immediately cease the implementation of the zero-tolerance federal immigration policy and to not propose any additional inhumane immigration policies in the future.
  • Example: CA SJR 29. This resolution calls for the president and Congress to acknowledge that the separation of immigrant children from their families at the border is detrimental to the short- and long-term physical and mental well-being of children.
  • Example: CA SR 114. This resolution responds to the federal "zero-tolerance" policy and the separation of children from their parents at the border. Asylum is a protection granted to foreign nationals already in the United States or at the border who meet the international law definition of a "refugee." The California Senate calls for just and humane immigration proceedings that protect family units, ensure the welfare of children and domestic violence survivors and provide for an accessible asylum process.
  • Example: FL SR 1832. This resolution recognizes the City of Miami Beach on the 103rd anniversary of its incorporation as a municipality. The 1959 communist revolution in Cuba brought change to South Florida, as more than 500,000 Cubans fled their homeland to escape the cruel reign of dictator Fidel Castro and, with their arrival, enriched the cultural fabric of Miami Beach, which has also welcomed immigrants from Latin America, the Caribbean and beyond.
  • Example: GA HR 1193. This resolution commends the Physicians' Care Clinic (PCC) on the grand occasion of its 25th anniversary. Most clinic patients have nowhere to turn for their primary health care, save the emergency room, but PCC serves the working poor, the unemployed, those with very low income, those who are in transition and immigrants and refugees who are in the process of settling in DeKalb County by offering them affordable health care options that cater to their current economic situations.
  • Example: ID SCR 136. This resolution recognizes the numerous contributions made by America's social workers and proclaims March 2018 as National Social Work Month. Social workers continue to engage and bring together individuals, communities, agencies and government to help society solve some of the most pressing issues of the day, including immigration reform, equal rights for all, affordable and high-quality health care and mental health care for all, as well as protecting the environment.
  • Example: LA SCR 113. This resolution commends the citizens of Bossier Parish and does hereby recognize its 175th anniversary and notes the rich history and economic opportunity of Bossier Parish, and its future possibilities that are filled with hope and prosperity for generations yet to come. Immigrants of every ethnic origin passed through the region on their way West, many settled in Bossier Parish and could trace their roots back to the northern United States and every country in Europe.
  • Example: MS SCR 545. This resolution designates March 2018 as "Women's History Month in Mississippi" with its theme "Nevertheless She Persisted: Honoring Women Who Fight All Forms of Discrimination Against Women," celebrating the 38th anniversary of the Women's History Movement. Among the women recognized are Christina Jimenez, executive director and co-founder of United We Dream (UWD) and Angelica Salas, executive director of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA).
  • Example: NH HR 23. This resolution memorializes Harold "Chip" Rice and offers profound thanks for his service to his country, the state and the town he called home for many years. He was serving his seventh term as a state representative representing the citizens of Merrimack County District 27, the city of Concord. Beyond his civic engagement, Rice made a career of standing up for those who had no voice, sometimes literally as he'd advocate for refugees who couldn't speak the language.
  • Example: NJ AJR 125. This joint resolution designates June 20 of each year as "World Refugee Day" in New Jersey to call attention to the unbelievable hardships of refugees worldwide and their importance as residents of New Jersey. The Office of Refugee Resettlement at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has noted that the public-private partnership, which makes refugee resettlement possible, is facilitated by the International Rescue Committee, Church World Service, Catholic Charities and the Reformed Church of Highland Park, and with the support of the IRC-managed New Jersey Office for Refugees. These partner agencies in the last 10 years have resettled 5,388 refugees and 426 Special Immigrant Visa recipients in New Jersey from more than 37 countries including Afghanistan, Bhutan, Burma, Cuba, Democratic Republic of Congo, Iraq, Syria and Sudan.
  • Example: NJ ACR 180. This resolution commends and supports New Jersey federal Senators Robert Menendez and Cory Booker for sponsoring the "Keep Families Together Act" which keeps immigrant families together and prevents the U.S. government from separating children from their parents at the border.
  • Example: NJ AR 175. This resolution condemns the federal government's policy of separating immigrant families and contends that the federal government's actions are sanctioned child abuse.
  • Example: NJ AR 181. This resolution urges the president and Congress to eliminate existing restrictions on abortion access and reject Supreme Court nominees who would impose new limits on reproductive freedom. The resolution recognizes that a woman should make an abortion decision for herself, based on what is best for her and her family, and it is further crucial that the woman be provided with equal access to abortion and other reproductive health care, regardless of where she lives, how much money she makes, or her insurance or immigration status.
  • Example: NJ SCR 55. This resolution opposes the inclusion of a citizenship question in the 2020 census survey and urges the New Jersey Congressional Delegation to reject any measure directing the Census Bureau to include such a question.
  • Example: NJ SR 88. This resolution condemns the federal government's policy of separating immigrant children from parents.
  • Example: NM SM 996 and HM 89. These resolutions request that the crime victims reparation commission convene meetings to facilitate collaboration with the office of the attorney general, the New Mexico human trafficking task force, the life link and the New Mexico tribal task force on human trafficking to develop strategies, priorities and policies to improve services for victims of human trafficking and to identify gaps in services to victims of human trafficking, as well as housing, advocacy and policy issues affecting Native American and immigrant populations.
  • Example: TN SJR 480. This resolution commends the city of Gallatin for being named the "Nicest Place in America" by Reader's Digest and extends sincere best wishes for continued success and happiness for all the citizens of this remarkable community. The resolution includes recognition of Gallatin as home to a thriving refugee population: In the 1990s, when Sudan was ravaged by civil war and its people were displaced, Gallatin welcomed the refugees with open arms, regardless of their age or language proficiency. Currently, the Southern Sudanese Youth Connection helps more than 1,000 refugees in the area find housing and education opportunities.
  • Example: PA HR 999. This resolution commemorates the 150th anniversary of the ratification of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution on July 9, 2018. Ratification of the 14th Amendment on July 9, 1868, granted citizenship to "all persons born or naturalized in the United States."
  • Example: PR SR 800. This resolution expresses strong repudiation of the policy of separation of immigrant families executed on the border between the United States and Mexico under the so-called Zero Tolerance Migration Policy.
  • Example: TN HJR 41. This resolution strongly supports President Donald J. Trump's proposal to construct a secure border wall across the nation's southern border, and strongly urges the U.S. Congress to immediately take action to fund the construction of said border wall without delay.
  • Example: UT HCR 12. This resolution acknowledges Utah's reliance upon census data for political, business and social welfare purposes, expresses concern that Congress has underfunded the 2020 Census, expresses concern that rural residents and marginalized communities (including ethnic and immigrant communities) are at risk of being under-counted by the 2020 Census and urges Congress to adequately fund the 2020 Census to ensure a complete and accurate count.
  • Example: VT HJR 2a. This resolution condemns the recently reversed federal policy of separating children from their families at the southern international border, expressing a profound hope that the family separation policy will not be reinstated.
  • Example: WA HR 4655. This resolution remembers the passage of the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom on Jan. 16, 1786, and recognizes Religious Freedom Day to commemorate that great historical accomplishment that provided the heart of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. Many of the first immigrants to our nation came to these shores motivated by their desire for religious liberty so that they could worship according to the dictates of their own consciences.

This report was prepared by:

  • Ann Morse, program director, Immigrant Policy Project, NCSL
  • Ishanee Chanda, staff assistant, Immigrant Policy Project, NCSL
  • Marisol Florez, fall intern, Immigrant Policy Project, NCSL 
  • Rosa Rada, Emerson National Hunger Fellow, 2018, NCSL
  • Chanel Odom-Jones, spring intern, Immigrant Policy Project, NCSL
     

Reviewer:

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

Source: National Conference of State Legislatures, September 2018

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.

Immigration-Related Laws Enacted in 2018
State Type Bill Title Action Commentary Subject
NH HR 23 Memorial Resolution 01/09/2018 - Enacted This resolution memorializes Harold "Chip" Rice and offers the highest praise and accolades and profound thanks for his service to his country, the state, and the town he called home for many years. He was serving his seventh term as a state representative representing the citizens of Merrimack County District 27, the city of Concord. Beyond his civic engagement, Rice made a career of standing up for those who had no voice, sometimes literally as he'd advocate for refugees who couldn't speak the language, he worked for our most vulnerable citizens with disabilities and as the director of Rockingham Community Action Program. Resolutions
FL HR 8011 Recognition Resolution 01/11/2018 - Enacted This resolution recognizes February 12-16, 2018, as Jewish American Heritage Week in Florida. Resolutions
WA HR 4655 Religious Freedom Day 01/16/2018 - Enacted This resolution remembers the passage of the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom on Jan. 16, 1786, and recognizes Religious Freedom Day to commemorate that great historical accomplishment that provided the heart of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. Many of the first immigrants to our nation came to these shores motivated by their desire for religious liberty so that they could worship according to the dictates of their own consciences. Resolutions
VA HJR 43 Commendatory Resolution 01/18/2018 - Enacted This resolution commends the Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center. Resolutions
CO HR 1004 DREAM Act 01/19/2018 - Enacted This resolution states that members of the Colorado House of Representatives stand by the economic and cultural contributions that DACA recipients, as well as Dreamers who were left out of the program, have made for the people of Colorado. Members of the Colorado House of Representatives urge Colorado's congressional delegation to support efforts to immediately find a collaborative and rational approach to passing a permanent legislative solution that allows Dreamers to secure legal status. Resolutions
SC H 4669 Recognition Resolution 01/24/2018 - Enacted This resolution recognizes the seventieth anniversary of the founding of the modern state of Israel and to reaffirm the bonds of close friendship and cooperation between the state and Israel. Resolutions
KY HR 108 Memorial Resolution 01/30/2018 - Enacted This resolution expresses sympathy upon the passing of James Paul David "Jim" Bunning Jr., posthumously thanks him for his decades of service to the people of Northern Kentucky and to all those in this Commonwealth, and recognize him as a Kentuckian of the highest standing. Jim Bunning became both a tireless advocate for the conservative cause and a fearless, tenacious fighter who opposed such issues as illegal immigration and the policies of the Federal Reserve. Resolutions
KY SR 35 Memorial Resolution 01/30/2018 - Enacted This resolution expresses sympathy upon the passing of James Paul David "Jim" Bunning Jr., posthumously thanks him for his decades of service to the people of Northern Kentucky and to all those in this Commonwealth, and recognize him as a Kentuckian of the highest standing. Jim Bunning became both a tireless advocate for the conservative cause and a fearless, tenacious fighter who opposed such issues as illegal immigration and the policies of the Federal Reserve. Resolutions
RI H 7331 Taiwan Relations 01/30/2018 - Enacted This resolution reaffirms the friendship between Rhode Island and Taiwan, enhances bilateral relations, and supports Taiwan in the international community. Resolutions
WA HR 4664 National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month 01/30/2018 - Enacted This resolution recognizes those people and organizations that fight daily against the scourge of human trafficking, and encourages others to observe the National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention month with appropriate ceremonies and activities to combat human trafficking. Resolutions
SD HCR 1005 National Social Work Month 01/31/2018 - Enacted The Legislature of the State of South Dakota commends and recognizes the numerous contributions made by South Dakota's social workers. Social workers have pushed for decades to ensure rights for all, including women, Native Americans, immigrants, refugees, disabled persons, and various ethnic, cultural, and religious groups, and continue to engage and bring together individuals, communities, agencies, and government to help society solve some of the most pressing issues of the day including immigration reform, equal rights for all, affordable and good health care and mental health care for all, and protecting the environment. Resolutions
FL SR 1912 Recognition Resolution 02/01/2018 - Enacted This resolution recognizes June 2018 as Caribbean Heritage Month in Florida. Resolutions
TN SJR 480 Recognition Resolution 02/01/2018 - Enacted The Tennessee General Assembly commends the city of Gallatin for being named the "Nicest Place in America" by Reader's Digest and extends sincere best wishes for continued success and happiness for all the citizens of this remarkable community. The resolution includes recognition of Gallatin as home to a thriving refugee population: In the 1990s, when Sudan was ravaged by civil war and its people were displaced, Gallatin welcomed the refugees with open arms, regardless of their age or language proficiency. Currently, the Southern Sudanese Youth Connection helps more than 1,000 refugees in the area find housing and education opportunities. Resolutions
VA SR 16 Commendatory Resolution 02/01/2018 - Enacted This resolution commends the Virginia Czech & Slovak Folklife Festival. Resolutions
PR S 57 Domestic Violence Prevention 02/05/2018 - Enacted This law orders the Office of the Procurator for Women to develop and establish the agenda for the protection and prevention of domestic violence of women of foreign nationality residing in Puerto Rico. Law_Enforcement
MS SCR 545 Honorary Women Amendment 02/06/2018 - Enacted This resolution designates March 2018 as "Women's History Month in Mississippi" with its theme "Nevertheless She Persisted: Honoring Women Who Fight All Forms of Discrimination Against Women," celebrating the 38th anniversary of the Women's History Movement. Among the women recognized are Christina Jimenez and Angelica Salas. Christina Jimenez is executive director and co-founder of United We Dream (UWD), the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the country. She was part of the team that led to the historic victory of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in 2012. In 2017 Jimenez was awarded a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship "Genius Grant." Angelica Salas, executive director of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA), is a leading spokesperson for federal immigration policy reform. In California, she helped win in-state tuition for undocumented students and established day labor job centers that have become a national model. Ms. Salas is a coalition builder, connecting diverse groups at the state and national level. Resolutions
PA SR 275 Observation Resolution 02/06/2018 - Enacted This resolution observes March 1, 2018, as St. David's Day in Pennsylvania and honoring the many Pennsylvanians of Welsh heritage. Resolutions
FL HR 8017 Recognition Resolution 02/07/2018 - Enacted This resolution recognizes the 70th anniversary of the founding of the modern State of Israel and reaffirms the bonds of close friendship and cooperation between Florida and Israel. Resolutions
FL SR 584 Recognition Resolution 02/07/2018 - Enacted This resolution recognizes the 70th anniversary of the founding of the modern State of Israel and reaffirms the bonds of close friendship and cooperation between the State and Israel. Resolutions
NM SM 49 Help New Mexico Inc Day 02/07/2018 - Enacted This resolution declares February 7, 2018 help New Mexico, Inc. Day in the Senate in honor of that organization's rich tradition of community service and commitment, including work on behalf of migrants. Resolutions
FL HR 8037 Recognition Resolution 02/08/2018 - Enacted This resolution recognizes June 2018 as Caribbean Heritage Month in Florida. Resolutions
VA SR 23 Celebratory Resolution 02/08/2018 - Enacted This resolution celebrates the life of Father Gerard Creedon, an Irish immigrant. Resolutions
KY SR 116 Honorary Resolution 02/09/2018 - Enacted This resolution honors Reverend Joe Phelps upon the occasion of his January 21, 2018, retirement as pastor of Highland Baptist Church. Joe Phelps is a co-chair for EmpowerWest, a black and white church collaboration in West Louisville and serves on the boards of Kentucky Refugee Ministries and EthicsDaily.com. Resolutions
VA HR 51 Commendatory Resolution 02/09/2018 - Enacted This resolution commends the Virginia Czech & Slovak Folklife Festival. Resolutions
NM SM 96 Services for Victims of Human Trafficking 02/10/2018 - Enacted This resolution requests that the crime victims reparation commission convene meetings to facilitate collaboration with the office of the attorney general, the New Mexico human trafficking task force, the life link and the New Mexico tribal task force on human trafficking to develop strategies, priorities and policies to improve services for victims of human trafficking and to identify gaps in services to victims of human trafficking, as well as housing, advocacy and policy issues affecting Native American and immigrant populations. Resolutions
SD HC 1013 Honorary Resolution 02/12/2018 - Enacted This resolution celebrates and honors Tabor's Annual Czech Days festivities on the occasion of its seventieth anniversary on June 14-16, 2018. Resolutions
SD SCR 7 Israel Support 02/12/2018 - Enacted This resolution supports the State of Israel. Resolutions
NM HM 54 Commitment of New Mexico to Human & Civil Rights 02/13/2018 - Enacted This resolution affirms the commitment of New Mexico and its political subdivisions to human and civil rights and to freedom for refugees and immigrants, both documented and undocumented. Resolutions
NM HM 89 Services for Victims of Human Trafficking 02/13/2018 - Enacted This resolution requests that the crime victims reparation commission convene meetings to facilitate collaboration with the office of the attorney general, the New Mexico human trafficking task force, the life link and the New Mexico tribal task force on human trafficking to develop strategies, priorities and policies to improve services for victims of human trafficking and to identify gaps in services to victims of human trafficking, as well as housing, advocacy and policy issues affecting Native American and immigrant populations. Resolutions
GA HR 1193 Recognition Resolution 02/14/2018 - Enacted This resolution commends the Physicians' Care Clinic on the grand occasion of its 25th anniversary. Most clinic patients have nowhere to turn for their primary health care, save the emergency room, but PCC serves the working poor, the unemployed, those with very low income, those who are in transition, and immigrants and refugees who are in the process of settling in DeKalb County by offering them affordable health care options that cater to their current economic situations. Resolutions
IL SR 1409 Memorial Resolution 02/15/2018 - Enacted This resolution mourns the death of Polish immigrants, Edward and Ernestine Nedza. Resolutions
NM SM 25 Driver License Guidelines Report 02/15/2018 - Enacted This resolution requests an update from the taxation and revenue department on implementation of the REAL ID Act to the legislature, and reports from those with expired or lost documents who have faced obstacles when applying for or renewing their state-issued documents. In 2016, New Mexico came into compliance with the federal REAL ID Act of 2005 with a two-tier driver's license.  Many faced obstacles when applying or renewing state-issued documents including senior citizens, adopted individuals, residents of rural areas, those with mobility limitations, Native Americans, homeless people, and immigrants. Resolutions
WA SR 8680 Sons of Italy in America 02/15/2018 - Enacted This resolution concerns contributions made by the order of the Sons of Italy in America. Resolutions
GA HR 1245 Commendatory Resolution 02/20/2018 - Enacted This resolution commends Maria Zulfigar for her diligence and dedication in pursuing the highest honor awarded by the Girl Scouts program and congratulates her on earning the Girl Scout Gold Award.  Maria participated in Project Aid, which was designed to teach first aid skills to newly settled refugees within the United States through a series of three workshops, as well as to bring awareness of the need for first aid education to the Alpharetta and Milton areas. Resolutions
WA SR 8707 Estonian Independence Day 02/20/2018 - Enacted This resolution recognizes Estonian Independence Day. Tens of thousands of Estonians fled their homeland and the resulting communist regime and immigrated to Washington where they have been for decades and contribute to the rich history and culture of the state. Resolutions
WI SJR 97 Honorary Resolution 02/20/2018 - Enacted This resolution relates to the life and public service of Paul H. Kusuda, the son of Japanese immigrants, who was imprisoned in an internment camp. Resolutions
UT H 7 State Budget Bill 02/21/2018 - Enacted This law allocates less funding for refugee programs and services due to caseload growth. Budgets
FL HR 8043 Designation Resolution 02/21/2018 - Enacted This resolution designates May 2018 as Haitian Heritage Month in Florida. Approximately 46 percent of Haitian Americans are living and prospering in the state. Resolutions
FL SR 1062 Recognition Resolution 02/21/2018 - Enacted This resolution recognizes February 5-9, 2018, as Jewish American Heritage Week in Florida. Resolutions
GA HR 1283 Recognition Resolution 02/21/2018 - Enacted This resolution recognizes and commends Jacqueline Michelle Watson on Caribbean American Day. Resolutions
GA HR 1285 Recognition Resolution 02/21/2018 - Enacted This resolution recognizes and commends Sherryl Calliste-Thegg on the occasion of Caribbean American Day. Resolutions
SC H 4985 Honorary Resolution 02/21/2018 - Enacted This resolution recognizes and honors Colombian immigrant, Mrs. Paola Andrea Mosquera Arce, for her outstanding community and diplomatic work in the Americas and to wish her continued success in all her future endeavors. Resolutions
CA ACR 140 Human Trafficking Awareness Month 02/22/2018 - Enacted This resolution encourages all Californians to become educated about human trafficking and work to eradicate these criminal practices within and beyond our borders. It also encourages legislators, as well as organizations, businesses, and individuals, to host or sponsor and attend community events to bring visibility and support to efforts made by nongovernmental organizations to recognize and combat human trafficking. The Legislature recognizes that California's extensive international border, major harbors and airports, powerful economy, accelerating population, large immigrant population, and industries make it a prime target for traffickers, and that combating slavery within California will serve to improve conditions both domestically and internationally. Resolutions
VA HJR 232 Commendatory Resolution 02/22/2018 - Enacted This resolution commends the nonprofit organization, Ayuda, for its work to improve the lives of low-income immigrants in the Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C., regions by providing legal aid, social workers and case management, and interpreter services. Resolutions
VA HJR 269 Commendatory Resolution 02/22/2018 - Enacted The General Assembly commends Dr. Jessica M. Jones on finishing as national runner-up in the American Farm Bureau Federation Young Farmers and Ranchers Discussion Meet. It includes recognition of her national immigration policy as the topic of the final round of the Discussion Meet and highlighted the importance of the foreign-born labor force to farms in the United States. Resolutions
WI SJR 101 Syttende Mai Weekend 02/22/2018 - Enacted This resolution relates to proclaiming May 18, 19, and 20, 2018, Syttende Mai Weekend, in honor of Norwegian immigrants contributions to the state. Resolutions
GA SR 889 Recognition Resolution 02/23/2018 - Enacted This resolution recognizes March 13, 2018, as New Americans Day at the state capitol. Resolutions
CA HR 69 Immigration 02/26/2018 - Enacted This resolution urges the President and the Congress of the United States to create a legislative solution to establish permanent legal status for Salvadorans who were granted temporary protected status. Resolutions
CA SR 84 California Dream Act 02/26/2018 - Enacted This resolution encourages California residents eligible for in state tuition and financial aid under the California Dream Act to apply for college in order to realize their full potential as productive, educated residents of California. Resolutions
GA SR 922 Recognition Resolution 02/26/2018 - Enacted This resolution recognizes April, 2018, as Genocide Prevention and Awareness Month at the state capitol. Resolutions
IN HR 35 Recognition Resolution 02/26/2018 - Enacted This resolution recognizes "Farmworkers Awareness Week," the birthday of Cesar Chavez, and the work of Proteus, Inc. Resolutions
WA SR 8722 Nordic Heritage Museum 02/26/2018 - Enacted This resolution recognizes the opening of the new Nordic Heritage Museum. After over 150,000 Nordic immigrants settled in the Pacific Northwest between 1890 and 1910, Washington has one of the highest populations of people of Nordic descent in the United States. The Nordic Heritage Museum has been serving Western Washington from the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle since 1980, to honor the legacy of immigrants from the five Nordic countries: Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden. Resolutions
ID H 467 Appropriations 02/27/2018 - Enacted This law makes an appropriation to the Commission on Hispanic Affairs. Budgets
RI H 7689 Calendar Resolution 02/27/2018 - Enacted This resolution commemorates the 174th anniversary of Dominican Republic Independence on February 27, 2018. The strong business ethic within Rhode Island's Dominican community and local businesses owned by Dominican immigrants is evidenced by their myriad contributions, greatly adding to the economic vitality of the state. Resolutions
RI S 2491 Commemorative Resolution 02/27/2018 - Enacted This resolution commemorates the 174th Anniversary of Dominican Republic Independence on February 27, 2018. Resolutions
CO H 1162 Supplemental Appropriation 03/01/2018 - Enacted This law includes appropriations for refugee assistance programs and Systematic Alien Verification for Eligibility. Budgets
ID H 352 Occupational Licensing 03/01/2018 - Enacted This law provides licensure exemptions for a physician or physician assistant who is licensed and in good standing in another jurisdiction or credentialed in another country, if employed by an established athletic organization or performing arts company temporarily practicing, competing or performing in the state for no more than 60 days in a calendar year and is practicing only on those employed by such organization or company. Employment
FL HR 8005 Designation Resolution 03/01/2018 - Enacted This resolution designates February 21, 2018, as Dominican-American Heritage Day in Florida. Resolutions
OR SCR 201 Honorary Achievement 03/01/2018 - Enacted This resolution recognizes Dr. Erlinda Gonzales-Berry, Dr. Guadalupe Guajardo, Liliana Luna and Anita Yap as Oregon Women of Achievement. The resolution recognizes their leadership and service to the community, including their work with immigrants. Resolutions
SD SCR 16 Honorary Resolution 03/01/2018 - Enacted This resolution expresses our gratitude to the 45th President of the United States, Donald J. Trump, for his work, including helping to reduce illegal immigration. Resolutions
VA HJR 283 Celebratory Resolution 03/01/2018 - Enacted This resolution celebrates the life of Hendrik W. Tieleman, an immigrant from the Netherlands who endured Nazi rule in WWII. Resolutions
VA HJR 288 Celebratory Resolution 03/01/2018 - Enacted This resolution celebrates the life of Ida Bonicelli Trigiani, a daughter of Italian immigrants. Resolutions
VA SJR 147 Commendatory Resolution 03/02/2018 - Enacted This resolution commends the Honorable James C. Cacheris, the son of Greek immigrant. Resolutions
GA H 159 Supporting and Strengthening Families Act 03/03/2018 - Enacted This law revises the requirements for adopting children, including those that are foreign-born. Public_Benefits
FL SR 1832 Recognition Resolution 03/05/2018 - Enacted This resolution recognizes the City of Miami Beach on the 103rd anniversary of its incorporation as a municipality. The 1959 communist revolution in Cuba brought change to South Florida, as more than 500,000 Cubans fled their homeland to escape the cruel reign of dictator Fidel Castro and, with their arrival, enriched the cultural fabric of Miami Beach, which has also welcomed immigrants from Latin America, the Caribbean, and beyond. Resolutions
GA HR 1421 Recognition Resolution 03/05/2018 - Enacted This resolution recognizes and commends the members of the St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee, Chairman Brian Counihan, and Grand Marshal Michael Aloysius Kenny on their roles in the 2018 St Patrick's Day Parade in Savannah, Georgia. Resolutions
GA HR 1427 Recognition Resolution 03/05/2018 - Enacted This resolution recognizes and commends the contributions of immigrants who own businesses in Georgia. Resolutions
AL HR 304 Honorary Resolution 03/06/2018 - Enacted This resolution commends Deputies Andy Reed, Hayden Clements, and Tyler Cline of the Etowah County Sheriff's Office with the 2018 Alabama Legislative Medal of Honor for Law Enforcement for responding to a fire set by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainees and saving 22 lives. Resolutions
VA HJR 86 Passage Of The Fourteenth Amendment 03/06/2018 - Enacted This resolution commemorates the 150th anniversary of the passage of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution. The Fourteenth Amendment marks a significant victory in a centuries-long fight for freedom and continues to lay a foundation for extending fundamental rights to all persons within the United States. Resolutions
VA HJR 372 Celebratory Resolution 03/06/2018 - Enacted This resolution celebrates the life of the Honorable Joshua L. Robinson, the son of Lithuanian immigrants. Resolutions
VA HJR 409 Commendatory Resolution 03/06/2018 - Enacted This resolution commends Mary Mellon, the daughter of immigrants. Resolutions
VA HJR 412 Celebratory Resolution 03/06/2018 - Enacted This resolution celebrates the life of Thelma Kouzes, the daughter of Danish immigrants. Resolutions
GA HR 1436 Recognition Resolution 03/07/2018 - Enacted This resolution commends Dr. Margaret Holt for her continued commitment to excellence, leadership, and service to others and extend sincere best wishes for continued success.  She has contributed to evaluating a leadership development program in the Mississippi Delta for the Kellogg Foundation, a community leadership project with health professionals for the Charles F. Kettering Foundation, a public health project for the National Association of City and County Health Officials in Washington, D.C., and a course offered through the Center of Excellence at Tripler Air Force Base, Honolulu, that prepares medics in the military and in nongovernmental agencies to establish and manage refugee camps in world violence situations. Resolutions
KY HR 219 Refugee and Immigrant Day 03/07/2018 - Enacted This resolution recognizes March 7, 2018, as Refugee and Immigrant Day at the Capitol. Resolutions
KY SR 238 Refugee and Immigrant Day 03/07/2018 - Enacted This resolution recognizes March 7, 2018, as Refugee and Immigrant Day at the Capitol. Resolutions
VA SJR 161 Celebratory Resolution 03/07/2018 - Enacted This resolution celebrates the life of the Most Reverend Francis X. Di Lorenzo, who worked to serve immigrant communities. Resolutions
NM H 2 General Appropriations 03/07/2018 - Line Item Vetoed This law appropriates funds for the college assistance migrant program. Budgets
ID SCR 136 Proclamation Resolution 03/08/2018 - Enacted This resolution recognizes the numerous contributions made by America's social workers and proclaims March 2018 as National Social Work Month. Social workers continue to engage and bring together individuals, communities, agencies and government to help society solve some of the most pressing issues of the day, including immigration reform, equal rights for all, affordable and high-quality health care and mental health care for all, as well as protecting the environment. Resolutions
AR H 1086 Division of County Operation Appropriation 03/09/2018 - Enacted This law makes an appropriation to the Department of Human Services, Division of County Operations for programs including the Refugee Resettlement Program. Budgets
GA H 683 State Liability 03/09/2018 - Enacted This law includes appropriations for Refugee Assistance programs. Budgets
FL S 7026 School Public Safety 03/09/2018 - Enacted The Office of the State Courts Administrator shall develop informational documents and a court staff handbook on the risk protection order process. The office shall determine the significant non-English-speaking or limited English-speaking populations in the state and print the documents in such languages. The instructions, brochures, forms, and handbook must be prepared in consultation with interested persons, including representatives of gun violence prevention groups, judges, and law enforcement personnel. Materials must be based on best practices and must be available online to the public. Education
WA S 6145 Civil Service Qualifications 03/09/2018 - Enacted This law requires applicants for certain civil services to be citizens of the United States or lawful permanent residents. Employment
GA HR 1502 Commendatory Resolution 03/09/2018 - Enacted This resolution commends Japanese immigrant, Fred Korematsu. Resolutions
GA SR 979 Recognition Resolution 03/09/2018 - Enacted This resolution recognizes and commends the members of the St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee, Chairman Brian Counihan, and Grand Marshal Michael Aloysius Kenny on their roles in the 2018 St Patrick's Day Parade in Savannah, Georgia. Resolutions
TN HJR 836 Statement of Intent or Position 03/09/2018 - Enacted The Tennessee Organization of School Superintendents supports and values an inclusive, safe, and innovative quality public education system that ensures all students can succeed, regardless of their zip code, the color of their skin, their native language, their gender/gender identity, their immigration status, their religion, or their social standing Resolutions
VA HJR 449 Celebratory Resolution 03/09/2018 - Enacted This resolution celebrates the life of Father Gerard Creedon, an Irish immigrant. Resolutions
VA HJR 486 Celebratory Resolution 03/09/2018 - Enacted This resolution celebrates the life of William G. Somerville, an Irish immigrant. Resolutions
VA HJR 487 Commendatory Resolution 03/09/2018 - Enacted This resolution commends Eileen Curtis for her 23-year stewardship of the Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce on the occasion of her retirement and includes recognition of the partnerships with six local high schools to help prepare the workforce of tomorrow and efforts to persuade the board of the Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce to embrace a platform of immigration reform. Resolutions
FL S 4 Excellence in Higher Education Act 03/11/2018 - Enacted This higher education law includes a provision that students who are undocumented for federal immigration purposes are not eligible for scholarship awards. Education
WY S 82 Miners Hospital Board Account 03/12/2018 - Enacted This law defines "resident" as a United States citizen or legal alien. Budgets
IN HR 56 Recognition Resolution 03/12/2018 - Enacted This resolution recognizes the Workingman's Friend restaurant, opened and run by Macedonian immigrants. Resolutions
CA A 110 Supportive Services Provider Wages 03/13/2018 - Enacted State and local law enforcement agencies are prohibited from contracting with the federal government for use of their facilities to house individuals as federal detainees for purposes of civil immigration custody, except as specified. Law_Enforcement
CA A 108 Individual County Child Care Subsidy Plans 03/13/2018 - Enacted This law declares that the Department of Social Services must conduct an assessment of child care needs in the county no less frequently than once every five years. One of these factors includes the number of children in migrant agricultural families who move from place to place for work or who are currently dependent for their income on agricultural employment. Public_Benefits
WA S 6287 Department of Children, Youth, and Families 03/13/2018 - Enacted This law outlines evidence-based outcome measures for the WorkFirst program, including measures related to equitably serving the needs of historically underrepresented populations, such as English language learners, immigrants, refugees, and other diverse communities. Public_Benefits
IN SR 50 Recognition Resolution 03/13/2018 - Enacted This resolution recognizes Farmworkers Awareness Week, the birthday of Cesar Chavez, and the work of Proteus, Inc. Resolutions
LA SR 14 Condolences 03/13/2018 - Enacted This resolution expresses condolences on the death of Judge Kaliste Saloom Jr., the son of Lebanese immigrants. Resolutions
PA HR 730 Designation Resolution 03/13/2018 - Enacted This resolution designates March 25, 2018, as Greek Independence Day. It recognizes the struggles of the Greek people for freedom in their homeland and reflect upon the importance of self-determination for all the people of the world. Resolutions
GA HR 1541 Recognition Resolution 03/14/2018 - Enacted This resolution recognizes and commends the contributions of Georgia's Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) and recognizes February 22, 2018, as Georgia Asian American Legislative Summit and Lobby Day at the state capitol. Resolutions
IL SR 1505 Memorial Resolution 03/14/2018 - Enacted This resolution mourns the death of Greek immigrant, Christo Mathew Chris Dragatsis of Joliet. Resolutions
PA HR 706 Designation Resolution 03/14/2018 - Enacted This resolution designates the month of March 2018 as Irish American Heritage Month. Resolutions
PA HR 739 Commemoration Resolution 03/14/2018 - Enacted This resolution commemorates the 150th anniversary of the founding of the Diocese of Harrisburg, a Diocese founded by Irish Catholic immigrants. Resolutions
WA H 1022 Crime Victim Participation 03/15/2018 - Enacted This law establishes the Safety and Access for Immigrant Victims Act for immigrant victims of human trafficking. It requires a course of study on U and T nonimmigrant visas, other legal protections for immigrant survivors of criminal activity, and promising practices in working with immigrant crime victims. HumanTrafficking
GA HR 1579 Recognition Resolution 03/15/2018 - Enacted This resolution commends the City of East Point for its vibrance, inclusiveness, and diversity and extend sincere best wishes for continued success. The City of East Point, Georgia, is a diverse community and is committed to the inclusion of all who reside, work within, and visit it, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or immigration status. Resolutions
RI S 2633 Calendar Resolution 03/15/2018 - Enacted This resolution commemorates the celebration of Saint Joseph, an important religious figure in the Italian-American community. Resolutions
RI S 2634 Calendar Resolution 03/15/2018 - Enacted This resolution commemorates the Celebration of Saint Patrick's Day. Resolutions
UT H 189 Driver License Exam Revisions 03/16/2018 - Enacted This law changes the term of a limited-term license certificate issued to an approved asylee or refugee from four years to five years, allows the applicant to take the written examination in the person's native language for the first renewal, and requires that upon the second renewal, the applicant shall take the written examination in English. Id_DriversLicense
OK H 1270 HOPE Act 03/16/2018 - Enacted This law states that prior to awarding assistance under Medicaid, the Oklahoma Health Care Authority shall verify eligibility information of each applicant including their immigration status. Public_Benefits
MS H 708 Licensed Professional Counselors 03/19/2018 - Enacted The law allows provisional licensed professional counselors to be licensed if they meet certain educational and exam requirements. The applicant must be a citizen of the United States, or have an immigration document to verify legal alien work status in the United States. The immigration document must be current and issued by the United States Immigration Bureau. Employment
ID H 661 Commission on Hispanic Affairs Appropriations 03/20/2018 - Enacted This law makes an appropriation to the Commission on Hispanic Affairs. Budgets
ID HCR 44 Recognition Resolution 03/20/2018 - Enacted This resolution recognizes the contributions of Catholics in Idaho history and congratulates the Diocese of Boise and all Idahoans of Catholic faith on the one hundred twenty-fifth anniversary of the creation of the Diocese of Boise. The Catholic Church has been a source of spiritual guidance, comfort, and fellowship for many Idahoans, including many immigrant communities, including people of Irish, Basque, German and Hispanic origin. Resolutions
KY HR 252 Calendar Resolution 03/20/2018 - Enacted This resolution recognizes March as Irish American Heritage Month. Resolutions
KY SR 294 Calendar Resolution 03/20/2018 - Enacted This resolution recognizes March as Irish American Heritage Month for Kentucky. Resolutions
LA SCR 31 Commendations 03/20/2018 - Enacted This resolution commends, posthumously, former Jefferson Parish Sheriff Harry Lee, son of Chinese immigrants, for his contributions to the parish and the state. Resolutions
NE LR 349 Designation Resolution 03/20/2018 - Enacted This resolution designates March 31, 2018, as Cesar Chavez Day in Nebraska. Resolutions
NE LR 350 Designation Resolution 03/20/2018 - Enacted This resolution designates April 10, 2018, as Dolores Huerta Day in Nebraska. Resolutions
RI H 7979 Calendar Resolution 03/20/2018 - Enacted This resolution celebrates March 25, 2018 as the 197th anniversary of Greek Independence Day. Resolutions
RI S 2641 Calendar Resolution 03/20/2018 - Enacted This resolution celebrates March 25, 2018 as the 197th anniversary of Greek Independence Day. Resolutions
UT HCR 12 Accurate 2020 Census 03/20/2018 - Enacted This resolution acknowledges Utah's reliance upon census data for political, business, and social welfare purposes, expresses concern that Congress has underfunded the 2020 Census, expresses concern that rural residents and marginalized communities (including ethnic and immigrant communities) are at risk of being under-counted by the 2020 Census, and urges Congress to adequately fund the 2020 Census to ensure a complete and accurate count. Resolutions
UT H 8 State Agency Fees and Internal Service 03/21/2018 - Enacted This law allocates funding for immigration consultants. Budgets
UT H 245 Charter School Proximity 03/21/2018 - Enacted This law states that charter schools may give an enrollment preference to refugees or children of refugee families or English language learners. Education
WA H 1896 Civics Education 03/21/2018 - Enacted This law requires school districts to provide a mandatory stand-alone civics course for all high school students and support the development of an in-depth and interactive teacher professional development program to provide students with an effective civics education from kindergarten through twelfth grade. This law also requires all students to study and complete the civics component of the federally administered naturalization test. Education
IN S 419 Ordinances Affecting Professional Licenses 03/21/2018 - Enacted An individual who is authorized by the federal government to work in the United States is eligible for a professional or occupational license issued by a state agency or political subdivision and is able to renew it if the individual meets all the requirements. Employment
WA S 6219 Health Plan Coverage of Reproductive Health Care 03/21/2018 - Enacted This law states that no one is to be denied care on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, marital status, age, citizenship, immigration status, or disability. Health
TN SJR 729 Public Service Resolution 03/21/2018 - Enacted This resolution honors Senator Beavers, one of the most conservative legislators in Tennessee. She supported the pro-life movement and the Second Amendment, sponsored legislation enacting tougher laws against illegal immigrants and protecting patient choice in healthcare, and strongly opposed unwarranted federal intervention in recognizing same-sex marriage. Resolutions
UT S 16 Public Safety Fees 03/22/2018 - Enacted This law requires applicants to provide evidence of lawful presence in the United States for the Department of Public Safety. Budgets
WA H 1488 Higher Education Opportunities 03/22/2018 - Enacted This law provides that an eligible student must provide the institution an affidavit indicating that the individual will file an application to become a permanent resident at the earliest opportunity and a willingness to engage in any other activities necessary to acquire citizenship, including but not limited to, citizenship or civics review courses. Education
WA S 6274 Foster and Homeless Youth Apprenticeships 03/22/2018 - Enacted This law includes the unaccompanied refugee minors program in the federal foster care system in its creation of foster and homeless youth apprenticeships. Public_Benefits
AL HJR 298 Honorary Resolution 03/22/2018 - Enacted This resolution commends Deputies Andy Reed, Hayden Clements, and Tyler Cline of the Etowah County Sheriff's Office with the 2018 Alabama Legislative Medal of Honor for Law Enforcement for responding to a fire set by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainees and saving 22 lives. Resolutions
FL S 140 Marriage of Minors 03/23/2018 - Enacted This law states that for an issuance of a marriage license, any person who is not a citizen of the United States may provide either a social security number or an alien registration number issued by the U.S. Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services. Miscellaneous
WA S 6245 Spoken Language Interpreter Services 03/23/2018 - Enacted This law ensures that bilingual and interpretation services are provided to non-English speaking applicants and recipients for state services. Public_Benefits
GA HR 1649 Recognition Resolution 03/23/2018 - Enacted This resolution recognizes January 9, 2018, as Georgia Stands with the United Nations Human Trafficking Awareness Day and commend the aforementioned organizations and others, in this state and nationwide, for their efforts to end the criminal activity of human trafficking and to assist its survivors in restoring their freedom and dignity.  Human trafficking is the fastest-growing criminal enterprise in the world today and is tied with arms smuggling as the second largest international criminal industry, falling only behind the illicit drug trade. Victims include United States citizens and documented immigrants. Resolutions
GA HR 1662 Recognition Resolution 03/23/2018 - Enacted This resolution recognizes March 8, 2018, as United Nations International Women's Day. More than 6 million women live in countries in which domestic violence is not criminalized, and approximately 50 percent of the 65,300,000 refugees, internally displaced, or displaced persons in the world are women and children. International Women's Day is a time to reflect on the progress made in women's rights and to reaffirm the world's commitment to end discrimination and violence against women and girls, pursue strategies that guarantee the basic human rights of women and girls both statewide and around the globe, promote meaningful and significant participation of women in every aspect of society and community, and support policy initiatives that seek to achieve the empowerment of women. Resolutions
GA HR 1691 Recognition Resolution 03/23/2018 - Enacted This resolution recognizes and honors May, 2018, 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 1692 Recognition Resolution 03/23/2018 - Enacted This resolution recognizes the 75th anniversary of the repeal of the Chinese Exclusion Act. Resolutions
MS HR 72 Commendatory Resolution 03/24/2018 - Enacted This resolution mourns the loss and commemorates the life and many accomplishments of Dr. Alfio Rausa, a son of Italian immigrants. Resolutions
UT H 475 Dedicated Credits and Nonlapsing Authority 03/27/2018 - Enacted This law declares the The Immigration Act Restricted Account fund as non-lapsing. Budgets
WV S 404 Sex Offender Registry Information 03/27/2018 - Enacted This law amends the sexual offender registry to include certain information, including passport or immigration documents. Law_Enforcement
WA H 2610 Hunger Free Students Bill of Rights 03/27/2018 - Enacted This law requires schools and school districts to improve systems to identify students in foster care, runaway students, and migrant students to ensure that each student has proper access to free school meals and that applicable accountability and reporting requirements are satisfied. Public_Benefits
GA HR 1724 Commendatory Resolution 03/27/2018 - Enacted This resolution commends Danielle Obiri, a daughter of Ghanian immigrants and an outstanding and highly accomplished student at Charles Drew High School. Resolutions
KY SR 9 Memorial Resolution 03/27/2018 - Enacted This resolution expresses sympathy upon the passing of James Paul David "Jim" Bunning Jr., posthumously thanks him for his decades of service to the people of Northern Kentucky and to all those in this Commonwealth, and recognize him as a Kentuckian of the highest standing. Jim Bunning became both a tireless advocate for the conservative cause and a fearless, tenacious fighter who opposed such issues as illegal immigration and the policies of the Federal Reserve. Resolutions
PA SR 304 Designation Resolution 03/27/2018 - Enacted This resolution designates the month of March 2018 as Irish American Heritage Month. Resolutions
WA S 6032 Supplemental Operating Appropriations 03/27/2018 - Line Item Vetoed This law appropriates funds for refugee and immigrant assistance programs. Budgets
WA S 6095 Supplemental Capital Budget 03/27/2018 - Line Item Vetoed This law appropriates funds for a Refugee Women's Alliance Early Learning Facility. Budgets
WA H 2097 Religious Affiliation of Employees 03/28/2018 - Line Item Vetoed This law prohibits a state or local government agency or public employee from providing to federal government authorities personally identifiable information regarding the religious beliefs, practices or affiliation of any individual, except where the employee is a witness to a crime. Agencies may not use public funds, facilities, property, equipment, or personnel to assist in creating, implementing or enforcing any government program compiling a list, registry or database of personally identifiable information about individuals based on religious beliefs, practice, or affiliation for law enforcement or immigration purposes. Miscellaneous
KY S 48 Child Marriage 03/29/2018 - Enacted This law states that an individual can provide immigration record showing the individual's date of birth when applying for a marriage license. Miscellaneous
HI HR 47 Support for Adoptee Citizenship Act 04/02/2018 - Enacted This resolution supports the proposed Adoptee Citizenship Act of 2018, H.R. 5233 and S. 2522 currently pending in Congress, which provides American citizenship for foreign-born adoptees who were adopted by American parents and raised in the United States. The Child Citizenship Act of 2000 (CCA) allows foreign-born, adopted children of American citizens to acquire American citizenship automatically. Despite having been legally adopted by American citizens and raised in the United States, adoptees who were 18 years of age or older on the CCA's effective date did not automatically acquire American citizenship. Resolutions
OR H 4111 Driver Licenses Fee 04/03/2018 - Enacted This law states that a person is not required to provide proof of legal presence in the United States when applying for a limited term identification card, a limited term driver license or a limited term driver permit if the Department of Transportation previously issued one to the applicant, if the applicant presents to the department an Employment Authorization Document issued by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, or if the applicant's Employment Authorization Document expired on or after August 1, 2014. Id_DriversLicense
AZ S 1376 Landlord Tenant Act and Personal Property 04/03/2018 - Enacted This law declares that after a tenant has been evicted, he may still obtain clothing and the tools, apparatus and books of a trade or profession, and identification or financial documents including all those related to the tenant's immigration status, employment status, public assistance or medical care. Public_Benefits
NE L 931 Requirements for Opiate Prescriptions 04/04/2018 - Enacted This law states that an individual requesting opiates must show a valid driver's or operator's license, state identification card, military identification card, alien registration card or a passport as proof of identification. Health
HI HR 96 Language Support 04/04/2018 - Enacted This resolution urges the state to address the lack of language support in services, programs, and activities offered by state government for persons with limited English proficiency. Resolutions
IA H 2420 National Service Corps Program 04/05/2018 - Enacted This law provides funding for the  RefugeeRISE AmeriCorps program. Budgets
HI SR 92 Compacts of Free Association 04/05/2018 - Enacted This resolution urges the United States Congress to pass legislation to clarify the status of migrants under the compacts of free association for purposes of the Real ID Act of 2005 to promote fairness and equality under the law. Resolutions
TN HJR 982 Recognition Resolution 04/06/2018 - Enacted This resolution honors the members of the Kurdish community of Nashville for their courage and perseverance and recognizes them as vital contributors to our society who personify the American Dream. Resolutions
IL HR 922 Congratulatory Resolution 04/09/2018 - Enacted This resolution congratulates Mexican immigrant, Eduardo Eddie Garcia, on receiving the 33rd Annual Charles E. Piper Award. He is a first generation Mexican-American born to proud immigrant parents. Garcia and Realty of Chicago gave back to the communities of Berwyn and Cicero, providing thousands of children with backpacks and school supplies, feeding over 15,000 people on Thanksgiving Day, and providing scholarships to high school graduates. Resolutions
IL HR 945 Congratulatory Resolution 04/09/2018 - Enacted This resolution congratulates Mexican immigrant, Eduardo Eddie Garcia, on receiving the 33rd Annual Charles E. Piper Award. Resolutions
IL HR 958 Recognition Resolution 04/09/2018 - Enacted This resolution recognizes the Italian social club, the St. Ambrogio Society, on the occasion of its 100th anniversary. Resolutions
NJ AJR 93 Sikh Awareness and Appreciation Month 04/09/2018 - Enacted This resolution designates April of every year as "Sikh Awareness and Appreciation Month." Resolutions
IA S 481 Enforcement of Immigration Laws 04/10/2018 - Enacted This law requires state law enforcement to comply with an immigration detainer request issued by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.  It prohibits local entities from adopting a policy that prohibits or discourages the enforcement of immigration laws. It prohibits local entities or employees from asking for information from a victim or witness  that is not pertinent to the investigation of the alleged public offense. Law_Enforcement
RI H 8073 Congratulatory Resolution 04/10/2018 - Enacted This resolution congratulates numerous immigrant individuals and societies in the Rhode Island. Resolutions
MS S 2955 Corrections Department Appropriation 04/11/2018 - Enacted This law declares that no funds can be used by the Department of Corrections until the Commissioner of Corrections has submitted an application to the U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security to participate in the Criminal Alien Program in order to identify immigrants who are incarcerated in state correctional facilities and ensure that they are not released into the community by securing a final order of removal that deports immigrants back to their home countries before the termination of their sentences. Budgets
AZ S 1355 Joint Border Security Advisory Committee 04/11/2018 - Enacted This law ends the border security trust fund. Law_Enforcement
NY A 9506 State Education Budget 04/12/2018 - Enacted This law requires school liaisons for homeless, foster, and migrant students to coordinate with the nutrition department to make sure such students receive free school meals in accordance with federal law. Budgets
NY A 9508 State Fiscal Budget 04/12/2018 - Enacted This law defines minority group member as a U.S. citizen or permanent resident alien. Budgets
NY S 7507 State Health and Mental Hygiene Budget 04/12/2018 - Enacted This law appropriates funds for refugee services. Budgets
CO S 87 In-State Tuition for Foreign Nationals 04/12/2018 - Enacted This law states that any foreign national admitted to the United States as a refugee or with special immigrant status who has settled in Colorado is eligible for in-state student tuition. Education
TN H 222 Driver Licenses 04/12/2018 - Enacted This law requires that any person presenting a driver license from a state that issues driver licenses to illegal aliens for the purposes of obtaining a Tennessee driver license must establish proof of U.S. citizenship, lawful permanent resident status, or, in the case of a temporary driver license, a specified period of authorized stay in the United States. Id_DriversLicense
AZ HCR 2045 Death Resolution 04/12/2018 - Enacted This resolution honors the death of Jose Robles Matus who was influential in immigrant and indigenous rights activism in Arizona. Resolutions
NJ SCR 55 2020 Census Citizenship Question 04/12/2018 - Enacted This resolution opposes the inclusion of a citizenship question in the 2020 census survey and urges the New Jersey Congressional Delegation to reject any measure directing the Census Bureau to include such a question. Resolutions
NJ SR 17 Congressional Resolution 04/12/2018 - Enacted This resolution urges Congress to enact legislation to codify the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Since its inception, about 800,000 young people across the nation, including 22,000 in New Jersey, have received the benefits of the DACA program. Eighty-seven percent of New Jersey's 22,000 DACA recipients are working and contributing $66 million in state and local taxes each year. The negative effect on the state's economy is important, but it does not compare to the profound impact that ending DACA will have on the individual lives of young people in communities across our immigrant-rich State. Resolutions
NY S 7500 State Operations Budget 04/12/2018 - Line Item Vetoed This law appropriates funds to refugee resettlement programs. Budgets
NY S 7503 Aid To Localities Budget 04/12/2018 - Line Item Vetoed This law appropriates funds to refugee resettlement programs. Budgets
NY S 7504 Capital Projects Budget 04/12/2018 - Line Item Vetoed This law appropriates funds for the education of children of migrant workers. Budgets
OR S 1563 State Benefits for Undocumented Individuals 04/13/2018 - Enacted A student at a post-secondary institution of education, who is not a citizen or a lawful permanent resident of the United States, is eligible to receive scholarships, grants, and other financial aid from public universities in the state. Education
CA ACR 178 Irish American Heritage Month 04/13/2018 - Enacted This resolution designates March 2018 as Irish American Heritage Month in honor of the multitude of contributions that Irish Americans have made to the country and state. Resolutions
CA ACR 183 The 50th Anniversary of the Chicano Student Walkouts 04/13/2018 - Enacted This resolution recognizes the month of March 2018 as the 50th anniversary of the Chicano Student Walkouts when more than 15,000 students, most of Mexican origin, walked out of high schools to protest inequalities in the Los Angeles Unified School District. Students demanded changes for bilingual and bicultural education programs and curriculum to incorporate a more complete history of Mexican American contributions and people, and the hiring of more teachers and staff of Mexican descent. Resolutions
CA SR 102 Cambodian Genocide Memorial Week 04/16/2018 - Enacted This resolution recognizes the week of April 16 to April 20, 2018, as Cambodian Genocide Memorial Week, and calls upon all Californians to observe the week by participating in appropriate activities and programs. The State of California has the largest population of Cambodians and the City of Long Beach is known around the world as home to the largest Cambodian community outside of Southeast Asia. Resolutions
NE L 1132 Sex Trafficking Victims 04/17/2018 - Enacted This law states that in identifying victims of human trafficking, a copy of an official record, certification, or eligibility letter from a federal, state, tribal, or local proceeding, including an approval notice or an enforcement certification generated from a federal immigration proceeding may be used. HumanTrafficking
VA HR 531 Life and Legacy of Mathias Wilberger 04/17/2018 - Enacted This resolution relates to commemorating the life and legacy of Swiss immigrant, Mathias Wilberger. Resolutions
VA HR 536 Commendatory Resolution 04/17/2018 - Enacted This resolution commends professor Frederic P. Bemak for his work on immigrants and racial and ethnic diversity. Resolutions
KS H 2145 Possession of a Firearm by Certain Individuals 04/20/2018 - Enacted This law amends the criminal use of weapons to include, among other provisions, possession of any firearm by a person who is an alien illegally or unlawfully in the United States. Id_DriversLicense
OK H 3311 Naturalization Test 04/23/2018 - Enacted This law states that the subject matter standards for history, social studies and U.S. government shall include the content of the U.S. naturalization test, with an emphasis on the specific content of the test and the ideas and concepts it references. The United States naturalization test shall be made available in physical and electronic online formats as an optional assessment tool for teachers. Education
CA SR 107 Turkey 04/23/2018 - Enacted This resolution calls on the President and the Congress of the United States, in all official contacts with Turkish and other world leaders and officials, to emphasize that Turkey should end all forms of religious discrimination and persecution. California is home to the largest Armenian American population in the United States, and Armenians living in California have enriched our state through their leadership and contribution in business, agriculture, academia, government, and the arts, many of whom have family members who experienced firsthand the horror and evil of the Armenian Genocide and its ongoing denial. Resolutions
HI HCR 108 Limited English Proficiency Language Support 04/23/2018 - Enacted This resolution urges the state to address the lack of language support in services, programs, and activities offered by state government for persons with limited English proficiency. Resolutions
MI HCR 15 Immigration Reform Resolution 04/24/2018 - Enacted This resolution memorializes the Congress of the United States to take action on immigration reform. Resolutions
MI HR 316 Genocide Remembrance Resolution 04/24/2018 - Enacted This resolution declares April 24 as day of remembrance for Armenian genocide 1915-23. Resolutions
RI S 2826 Calendar Resolution 04/24/2018 - Enacted This resolution proclaims April 24, 2018, as Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day to commemorate the Armenian Genocide of 1915 to 1923, and in Honor of Armenian-Americans. Resolutions
OK H 2825 Poor Persons 04/25/2018 - Enacted This law declares that the Department of Human Services shall provide a written report on each project and program specified in the Statewide Temporary Assistance Responsibility System to the Legislature and the Governor which includes number of qualified aliens applying for assistance. Public_Benefits
DE HR 28 Workers Memorial Day Resolution 04/26/2018 - Enacted This resolution supports the passage of the federal Protecting America's Workers Act to provide OSHA protection for millions of workers without it, stronger criminal and civil penalties for companies that seriously violate job safety laws, and improved anti-retaliation protections for workers who raise job safety concerns. Further, this resolution seeks 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
MI HR 321 Black April Memorial Week Resolution 04/26/2018 - Enacted This resolution declares April 22-29, 2018, as Black April Memorial Week in the state of Michigan, in honor of Vietnamese refugees in Michigan. Resolutions
CT S 4 Eligible Students without Legal Immigration Statuses 04/27/2018 - Enacted This law allows certain undocumented immigrant students and veterans to be eligible for state financial aid. Immigrants must be thirty years of age or younger on June 15, 2012, have been sixteen years of age or younger when they arrived in the United States and have continuously resided in the U.S.  Those convicted of a felony are not eligible. Education
TN S 1808 Juries and Jurors 04/27/2018 - Enacted This law states that when selecting a jury, the jury coordinator must prepare a list of all persons disqualified or potentially disqualified as a prospective juror from jury service due to being a non-United States citizen. Law_Enforcement
CO H 1322 Appropriations 04/30/2018 - Enacted This law includes appropriations for refugee assistance programs and Systematic Alien Verification for Eligibility. Budgets
AZ S 1263 Education, Foster Children, and Human Rights Committees 04/30/2018 - Enacted This law states that in order to graduate from high school or obtain a high school equivalency diploma, a student must correctly answer at least sixty of the one hundred questions listed on a test that is identical to the civics portion of the U.S. naturalization test. Education
CA ACR 194 Latino Education and Advocacy Week 05/01/2018 - Enacted This resolution declares the last week of March every year as Latino Education and Advocacy Week, a statewide week of advocacy for Latino education. Resolutions
CA ACR 199 Archbishop Oscar A. Romero: Anniversary of His Death 05/01/2018 - Enacted This resolution recognizes the contributions of the late Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador on the 38th Anniversary of his death. This resolution also recognizes the contributions of the El Salvadoran community in California and proclaims March 24, 2018, as the Day of Remembrance of Archbishop Oscar A. Romero in California. Resolutions
HI HCR 59 Support for Adoptee Citizenship Act 05/01/2018 - Enacted This resolution endorses Taiwan's participation as an observer in the United Nations framework convention on climate change, international civil aviation organization, world health organization, and international criminal police organization, encourages a U.S.-Taiwan bilateral trade agreement, celebrates the state of Hawaii's twenty-fifth anniversary of sister-state relations with Taiwan. Resolutions
OK HR 1034 Calendar Resolution 05/01/2018 - Enacted This resolution declares May 1, 2018, as the Second Hispanic Cultural Day in Oklahoma and recognizes the heritage and culture of Hispanics and the immense contributions of Hispanics to the State of Oklahoma. Resolutions
GA H 684 Appropriations Act 05/02/2018 - Enacted This law includes appropriations for Refugee Assistance programs. Budgets
ME S 639 Crimes of Criminal Forced Labor 05/02/2018 - Enacted This law states that a person is guilty of criminal forced labor if he or she commits certain actions, including the withholding or destruction of a passport or other immigration document to compel a person to provide labor or services having economic value. HumanTrafficking
MI HR 327 Asian Pacific American Heritage Resolution 05/02/2018 - Enacted This resolution declares May 2018 as Asian Pacific American Heritage Month in the state of Michigan. Resolutions
MI SR 162 Asian Pacific American Month Resolution 05/02/2018 - Enacted This resolution recognizes May 2018 as Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. Resolutions
AZ S 1520 General Appropriations 05/03/2018 - Enacted This appropriations law includes funds for the gang and immigration intelligence team enforcement mission. Budgets
AZ S 1523 Budget Reconciliation 05/03/2018 - Enacted This appropriations law includes funds for the gang and immigration intelligence team and law enforcement missions. Budgets
AZ S 1524 Budget Procedures and Budget Reconciliation 05/03/2018 - Enacted This appropriations law creates a board of trustees and prohibits them from working with any entities that in any way facilitate illegal immigration into the United States. Budgets
TN HJR 741 Funds for Border Wall 05/03/2018 - Enacted This resolution strongly supports President Donald J. Trump's proposal to construct a secure border wall across the nation's southern border, and strongly urges the U.S. Congress to immediately take action to fund the construction of said border wall without delay. Resolutions
AK HR 9 Burial Rights for Hmong Veterans 05/04/2018 - Enacted This resolution encourages the U.S. Congress to pass legislation granting the Hmong veterans of the Vietnam War full military burial rights, including burial at Arlington National Cemetery. Resolutions
LA HR 176 Commendations 05/07/2018 - Enacted This resolution commends the Homeland Security Investigations team of the United States Department of Homeland Security as a vital asset to the United States in combating criminal organizations which illegally exploit America's travel, trade, financial, and immigration systems. Resolutions
MD S 185 Budget Bill 05/08/2018 - Enacted This law appropriates funds for the Maryland Office for Refugees and Asylees. Budgets
MD H 1615 Temporary Disability Assistance Program 05/08/2018 - Enacted This law includes qualified aliens as determined by the U.S. federal government as eligible for assistance under the Temporary Disability Assistance Program. Public_Benefits
NJ S 699 Undocumented Immigrant Students 05/09/2018 - Enacted This law allows certain undocumented immigrants who meet certain criteria to qualify for state student financial aid programs and prohibits discrimination against eligible students based on their immigration status. Education
IL HR 1052 Congratulatory Resolution 05/09/2018 - Enacted This resolution congratulates Polish immigrant, Fr. Mariusz J. Nawalaniec, on the 25th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood. Resolutions
CA SR 90 Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany 05/10/2018 - Enacted This resolution encourages efforts to establish a sister state relationship between California and Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany. In 1853, a Turn Verein club was established in Sacramento and continues today to operate as a center to promote German heritage and culture. Resolutions
DE SCR 66 Obama Day Resolution 05/10/2018 - Enacted This resolution of the General Assembly designates as "Barack Obama Day" in the State of Delaware, and urges all citizens of the First State to recognize this event and participate fittingly in its observance. The resolution includes a mention of the President's executive order on immigration. Resolutions
IL HR 837 Census Bureau Request 05/10/2018 - Enacted This resolution urges the U.S. Census Bureau to not reinstate the citizenship question to the 2020 census. Resolutions
MI SR 167 Special Guerilla Unit Resolution 05/10/2018 - Enacted This resolution honors the Hmong Special Guerilla Unit (SGU) Veteran's Recognition Day in Michigan on May 14, 2018. Resolutions
RI H 8186 Memorial Resolution 05/10/2018 - Enacted This resolution extends condolences on the passing of former State Representative Zygmunt Friedemann, an immigrant from Poland. Resolutions
LA SCR 113 Commendations 05/11/2018 - Enacted This resolution commends the citizens of Bossier Parish and does hereby recognize its 175th anniversary and notes the rich history and economic opportunity of Bossier Parish, and its future possibilities that are filled with hope and prosperity for generations yet to come. Immigrants of every ethnic origin passed through the region on their way West, many settled in Bossier Parish and could trace their roots back to the northern United States and every country in Europe. Resolutions
CA SR 109 70th Anniversary of the State of Israel 05/14/2018 - Enacted This resolution designates May 2018 as the State of California Month of Commemoration of Israel's 70th Anniversary. Since 2015, California and Israel have had a memorandum of understanding to foster economic cooperation and economic development, facilitate joint industrial research and development, and enhance business relationships and educational opportunities between all Israeli and California universities and to foster job creation and incubate global solutions from joint California-Israeli innovation initiatives. Resolutions
VA SR 517 Commendatory Resolution 05/14/2018 - Enacted This resolution commends the Benedictine Sisters of Virginia, German immigrants who ministered the German immigrant children of Virginia. Resolutions
AZ S 1444 American Civics Curriculum 05/15/2018 - Enacted This law requires students to correctly answer at least sixty out of one hundred question on a test similar to the civics portion of the U.S. naturalization test. A student who does not obtain a passing score on the test may retake the test until he obtains a passing score. Education
MD S 934 Dental Examiners Board 05/15/2018 - Enacted This law states authorizes that immigrant dentists who are a faculty members at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry who were trained at a foreign dental school are qualified to take a Board examination and if they pass the exam, the dentist may apply for a general license to practice dentistry. Employment
MD S 1218 Ending Youth Homelessness Act 05/15/2018 - Enacted This law to end youth homelessness provides for services including training on racial equity, harm reduction, trauma-informed care and needs of over-represented or particularly vulnerable groups, including immigrant youth. Public_Benefits
MD S 1239 Adverse Immigration Action 05/15/2018 - Enacted This law states that in the case of adverse immigration action, a parent can designate a standby guardian for their child. Public_Benefits
IL HR 1062 Recognition Resolution 05/15/2018 - Enacted This resolution recognizes the accomplishments of Jorge Ramirez, the first Latino president of the Chicago Federation of Labor and vice president of the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations. Resolutions
MI HR 342 Chaldean American Day Resolution 05/15/2018 - Enacted This resolution declares May 15, 2018, as Chaldean American Day in the state of Michigan. Resolutions
MI SR 169 Chaldean American Day Resolution 05/15/2018 - Enacted This resolution declares May 15, 2018, as Chaldean American Day. Resolutions
KS S 109 Appropriations 05/15/2018 - Line Item Vetoed This appropriations law allocates federal funds for migrant health and refugee services. Budgets
AZ H 2253 Schools and Exchange Teachers 05/16/2018 - Enacted This law states that an international teacher or professor may not be employed unless he has been issued the proper certification. Employment
IA S 2353 Workforce Development Boards Duties 05/16/2018 - Enacted This law includes eligible migrant and seasonal farmworkers, as defined in the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act in its protections. Employment
CA S 785 Evidence: Immigration Status 05/17/2018 - Enacted This law prohibits the inclusion of evidence of a person's immigration status in a public court record unless the party seeking its inclusion seeks and obtains a ruling by the presiding judge at an in camera hearing that the evidence is admissible, and applies this prohibition to criminal actions. Law_Enforcement
IL HR 870 Commemorative Resolution 05/17/2018 - Enacted This resolution commemorates the 150th anniversary of the ratification of the 14th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America, recognizes not all citizens of this great country experience the full guarantees of the 14th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, and condemns those who seek to dismantle the foundational values of civil rights, equality, and freedom in our State and nation. The 14th Amendment grants citizenship to all persons born or naturalized in the United States. Resolutions
LA SR 99 Condolences 05/17/2018 - Enacted This resolution acknowledges the outstanding service and numerous accomplishments of the Reverend Sheldon Louis Roy and extends sincere sorrow and heartfelt condolences on the occasion of his death. He had a deep love and understanding of the culture of Avoyelles Parish, he spearheaded and volunteered on several projects to enhance the parish, and was often called upon to speak about the rich history of the parish and its people, and he promoted the fact that Avoyelles Parish was settled by direct French immigrants and Quebec descendants "" not by the Acadians who came from Nova Scotia. Resolutions
RI H 8211 Memorial Resolution 05/17/2018 - Enacted This resolution commemorates the 30th anniversary of the tragic events in Sumgayit, in honor of the Armenian refugees that now reside in the state. Resolutions
MN S 893 Notaries Public 05/20/2018 - Enacted This law prohibits a notary public from acting as an immigration consultant or an expert on immigration matters, representing a person in a judicial or administrative proceeding relating to immigration to the United States, U.S. citizenship, or related matters, or receive compensation for it. Law_Enforcement
VT H 684 Occupational Regulation 05/21/2018 - Enacted This law requires the director of the Office of Professional Regulation to examine means of reducing unnecessary barriers to professional licensure for qualified immigrants to Vermont from foreign countries. The director must submit a report and recommendations to the House and Senate Committees on Government Operations. Employment
TN H 2312 Identification Documents 05/21/2018 - Enacted This law prohibits state or local employees from accepting an identification document issued or created by any person, organization, county, city, or other local authority to determine a person's citizenship, immigration status, or residency, except where expressly authorized to be used for identification purposes by the general assembly or by federal law. Local government or law enforcement agency shall not authorize the use of any such document as a form of identification to be used to determine the citizenship, immigration status, or residency of any person. Id_DriversLicense
TN H 2315 Adopting Sanctuary Policies 05/21/2018 - Enacted This law bars state or local governmental entities or officials from adopting or enacting a sanctuary policy. A state or local governmental entity that adopts or enacts a sanctuary policy is ineligible to enter into any grant contract with the department of economic and community development until the sanctuary policy is repealed, rescinded or otherwise no longer in effect. Law_Enforcement
CA SCR 123 Arab American Heritage Month 05/23/2018 - Enacted This resolution proclaims the month of April 2018 as Arab American Heritage Month. Resolutions
CA AJR 37 Armenian Genocide 05/24/2018 - Enacted This resolution designates April 24, 2018, as State of California Day of Commemoration of the 103rd Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide of 1915-1923, and calls upon the President of the United States and the United States Congress to reaffirm the historical truth that the atrocities committed against the Armenian people constituted genocide. California is home to the largest Armenian American population in the United States, and Armenians living in California have enriched the state through their leadership and contribution in business, agriculture, academia, government, and the arts, many of whom have family members who experienced firsthand the horror and evil of the Armenian Genocide and its ongoing denial. Resolutions
NJ AR 158 Taiwan and State Relationship 05/24/2018 - Enacted This resolution commemorates the 29th anniversary of the New Jersey-Taiwan sister state relationship, recognizes the importance of a strong and enduring partnership between New Jersey and Taiwan, and reiterates its support for a closer economic and trade partnership between the United States and the Republic of China (Taiwan). New Jersey exported approximately $502 million worth of products to Taiwan making Taiwan the 7th largest export market for the state in Asia. Individuals from Taiwan have immigrated to New Jersey and contributed greatly to the state's diversity, thriving international culture, and economic development. Resolutions
VT S 237 Immigration Matters 05/25/2018 - Enacted This law requires public defenders to meet professional obligations to clients who are needy persons, extending to federal immigration court and matters relating to immigration status. Law_Enforcement
IL HR 1135 Recognition Resolution 05/25/2018 - Enacted This resolution recognizes Italian restaurant, Tony's Deli, on the occasion of its 40th anniversary. Tony Pontarelli and his sister, Maria Pontarelli, immigrated to the United States from Abruzzo, Italy at the age of six, and opened Tony's Deli in the Chicago community of Edison Park in 1978. Resolutions
NH S 363 Political Expenditures by Foreign Nationals 05/25/2018 - Enacted This law prohibits political expenditures by foreign nationals. Voting
MD S 532 Financial Aid - In-state Students 05/26/2018 - Enacted This law allows individuals eligible for in-State tuition to be eligible for financial aid. Existing law specifically allows Dreamers who attended and graduated from a Maryland high school to be exempt from paying out-of-state tuition and, in certain instances, out-of-county tuition, at community colleges in Maryland under specified circumstances. Nonimmigrant aliens who are in the country on student visas do not qualify for the exemption, but otherwise the exemption applies regardless of residency status. Education
LA H 450 Driver's Licenses and Identification Cards 05/28/2018 - Enacted This law authorizes the deputy secretary of public safety services of the Department of Public Safety and Corrections to enter into reciprocity agreements with jurisdictions in foreign countries or with foreign governments that issue driver's licenses. The driver's license standards of the licensing jurisdiction in a foreign country or the foreign government shall be comparable to those of Louisiana. Id_DriversLicense
CO H 1251 Community Corrections Transition Placements 05/29/2018 - Enacted This law allows an offender to be eligible for placement in community corrections if he or she has had no class 1 violations in the last 12 months, does not have a consecutive misdemeanor sentence to serve, does not have an immigration and customs enforcement detainer, or does not have pending felony charges or an extraditable warrant. Law_Enforcement
LA H 830 Sexually Oriented Business 05/30/2018 - Enacted This law states that the operator of a sexually oriented business shall verify the age and work eligibility status of each employee and potential employee by using either the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services E-Verify program or by ensuring proper completion of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, for each employee or potential employee. The business owner must contact law enforcement or call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center Hotline if the potential employee may be a victim of human trafficking. HumanTrafficking
VA HR 591 Commendatory Resolution 05/30/2018 - Enacted This resolution commends Mary Bauer on her of career advocating for immigrant workers. Bauer became well known for her litigation and advocacy on behalf of farm workers and other immigrant workers and work to address systemic abuse and exploitation. Resolutions
VA HR 630 Commendatory Resolution 05/30/2018 - Enacted This resolution commends UnidosUS, the largest Latino advocacy organization in the US. UnidosUS works with a network of more than 300 community-based affiliate organizations to break down social and economic barriers that affect Latinos throughout the nation and empower members of the community to achieve their fullest potential. Resolutions
VA HR 643 Commendatory Resolution 05/30/2018 - Enacted This resolution commends E. Dillon and Company, a company started by immigrants. Resolutions
CO H 1306 Educational Stability for Foster Youth 06/01/2018 - Enacted This law addresses educational stability for foster youth, including migrant children. Education
IA S 2418 Health and Human Services and Veterans Appropriations 06/01/2018 - Line Item Vetoed This law appropriates funds to be used for the RefugeeRISE AmeriCorps program. Budgets
IL H 109 Appropriations From the General Revenue Fund 06/04/2018 - Enacted This law appropriates funding to refugee aid services such as health services, resettlement, and social services. This law also appropriates the sum of $250,000 from the Build Illinois Bond Fund to the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity for the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights and the John Donahue Immigrant Training Center. Budgets
CT H 5185 Special Immigrant Juvenile Status 06/04/2018 - Enacted This law related to special immigrant juvenile status defines "minor child" as a person younger than f 18 or an unmarried person younger than  21 who is dependent on a competent caregiver, has consented to the appointment or continuation of a guardian after turning 18, and files a petition. Public_Benefits
RI S 2935 Congratulatory Resolution 06/05/2018 - Enacted This resolution congratulates Vincent D'Adamo, son of Italian immigrants, on being named Grand Marshal of the 11th annual North Providence Memorial Day Parade. Resolutions
VA H 5001 Budget Bill 06/07/2018 - Enacted This appropriations law includes funds for the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program, administered by the U.S. Department of Justice. Budgets
VA H 5002 Budget Bill 06/07/2018 - Enacted This law appropriates funds for migrant education and health centers. Budgets
CT H 5332 Child Welfare Practice Racial and Ethnic Disparities 06/07/2018 - Enacted This law works establishes a standardized data reporting system to support the collection of data regarding the race and ethnicity of children and families referred to the department at key decision points. These include referral, substantiation, removal and placement, and rates of retention of children and families by race and ethnicity through the Department of Children and Families. The department will also work to eliminate disparities among racial and ethnic groups and groups known to experience higher rates of adverse child welfare, health and services outcomes because of religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, socioeconomic status, or immigration status. Public_Benefits
RI H 8298 Calendar 06/07/2018 - Enacted This resolution proclaims June 10, 2018, as the Day of Portugal in the State. Thousands of Portuguese people sought refuge in Rhode Island in the mid-20th century to escape the devastation of the Capelinhos volcano on the Azorean island of Faial, opening the door for legal immigration for all Portuguese and many other ethnicities. Resolutions
RI H 8301 Congratulatory Resolution 06/07/2018 - Enacted This resolution congratulates Vincent D'Adamo, son of Italian immigrants, on being named Grand Marshal of the 11th Annual North Providence Memorial Day Parade. Resolutions
RI S 2959 Calendar Resolution 06/07/2018 - Enacted This resolution proclaims June 10, 2018, as the Day of Portugal in the State. The Portuguese American population in Rhode Island is an active and vital part of Rhode Island. Resolutions
LA H 1 Appropriations 06/08/2018 - Line Item Vetoed This law appropriates funds for discretionary programs including those that aid refugees. Budgets
MI H 5686 State Identification Card 06/11/2018 - Enacted This law allows state residents to apply for a personal identification card. Noncitizens must show documentation to prove legal presence in the United States, and the card is not valid past the duration of the applicant's legal presence. Id_DriversLicense
SC H 3720 Government Expenses 06/12/2017 - Line Item Vetoed This appropriation law includes funding expenses related to illegal immigration such as the Illegal Immigration Hotline Assistance, a 24-hour hotline to report and keep record of violations of the federal immigration system including but not limited to violating the E-verify program. Budgets
CA ACR 231 Asian and Pacific Islander American Heritage 06/13/2018 - Enacted This resolution recognizes May 2018 as Asian and Pacific Islander American Heritage Month. Resolutions
RI H 7982 Operators and Chauffeurs Licensure 06/18/2018 - Enacted This law allows any current or past recipient of a grant of deferred action under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to retain a driver's license or chauffeur's license. Id_DriversLicense
RI S 2678 Operators and Chauffeurs Licenses 06/18/2018 - Enacted This law requires the division of motor vehicles to issue an operator's or chauffeur's license to every qualifying applicant, including, but not limited to, any current or past recipient of a grant of deferred action under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Id_DriversLicense
CA SR 111 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Month 06/18/2018 - Enacted The California Senate proclaims June 2018 as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month, urges all residents to join in celebrating the culture, accomplishments, and contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people, and encourages the people of California to work to help advance the cause of equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and their families. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people come from all walks of life, regardless of race, ethnicity, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, economic status, physical or mental ability, medical condition, sex, or gender identity or expression. Married same-sex couples now enjoy the same rights and privileges granted to other married couples, including joint tax filings, military benefits, family and medical leave, and the ability to sponsor a foreign spouse. Resolutions
PA H 564 Assessment of Civic Knowledge 06/19/2018 - Enacted This law requires each school entity to administer a locally developed assessment of United State history, government, and civics. A school entity may use the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services test. Education
PR SR 800 Senate Repudiation of Border Family Separation 06/19/2018 - Enacted This resolution expresses strong repudiation of the policy of separation of immigrant families executed on the border between the United States and Mexico under the so called Zero Tolerance Migration Policy. Resolutions
MI S 848 State Budget Omnibus 06/21/2018 - Enacted This law appropriates funds for refugee assistance programs. Budgets
NJ SR 88 Immigrant Children Separation Condemnation 06/21/2018 - Enacted This resolution condemns the federal government's policy of separating immigrant children from parents. Resolutions
PA HR 999 Commemoration Resolution 06/21/2018 - Enacted This resolution commemorates the 150th anniversary of the ratification of the 14th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States on July 9, 2018. Ratification of the 14th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States on July 9, 1868, granted citizenship to "all persons born or naturalized in the United States." Resolutions
PA H 1929 Fiscal Code 06/22/2018 - Enacted This law appropriates funds for the Emergency Immigration Education Assistance program. Budgets
PA H 2121 Appropriations 06/22/2018 - Enacted This law appropriates funds for refugees and persons seeking asylum. Budgets
PA SR 411 Recognition Resolution 06/22/2018 - Enacted This resolution recognizes September 21, 2018, as "International Day of Peace," and expresses support for its ideals and principles and encourage Pennsylvanians to meaningfully engage at this worldwide event. 2018 Peace Day Philly features a talk on economics, peace and human rights, a concert with members of the Philadelphia Orchestra, benefiting refugees and is a gathering with reflections on personal, local and global peace, music and a minute of silence at 12 noon, which takes place across the world in all time zones. Resolutions
NJ AR 175 Immigrant Family Separation Condemnation 06/25/2018 - Enacted This resolution condemns the federal government's policy of separating immigrant families and contends that the federal government's actions are sanctioned child abuse. Resolutions
VT HJR 2 Federal Policy of Separating Children from Families 06/25/2018 - Enacted This resolution condemns the recently reversed federal policy of separating children from their families at the southern international border, expressing a profound hope that the family separation policy will not be reinstated. Resolutions
CA S 856 Budget Act of 2018 06/27/2018 - Enacted This law appropriates funds for the California Assistance Program for Immigrants and for migrant child care. Budgets
CA A 1809 Higher Education Trailer Bill 06/27/2018 - Enacted This law exempts students granted special immigrant visas from paying nonresident tuition at California Community Colleges. This law also appropriates $10,000,000 from the General Fund to the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges for allocation to a community college district to contract with the State Department of Social Services in order to contract with specified organizations to provide immigrant legal services on California community college campuses. Education
CA A 1810 Health 06/27/2018 - Enacted This law states that it is the intent of the Legislature that all Californians receive high-quality health care, with positive health care outcomes, regardless of age, income, race, ethnicity, immigration status, gender or gender nonconforming status, sexual orientation, geographic location, health status, or ability. Health
NY A 7899 Appointment of a Standby Guardian 06/27/2018 - Enacted This law states that when a parent, legal guardian, legal custodian or primary caretaker in connection with a federal immigration matter is arrested, detained, incarcerated, removed and/or deported, there must be a receipt of official communication by federal, state or local authorities which gives reasonable notice that care and supervision of the child will be interrupted or cannot be provided. Public_Benefits
MI H 5579 Education Omnibus Budget 06/28/2018 - Enacted This education appropriations law includes economically disadvantaged migrants in its definition of "pupil" and affords them the same protections. Budgets
NH S 313 Medicaid and Premium Assistance Program 06/28/2018 - Enacted This law states that in order to be eligible for Medicaid benefits, an individual must provide all necessary information regarding financial eligibility, assets, residency, citizenship or immigration status. Health
ME H 548 Nonresident Hunting and Fishing Licenses 06/28/2018 - Enacted This law related to nonresident hunting licenses allows a nonresident who is a citizen of the United States to be eligible to purchase a nonresident trapping license. A nonresident who is not a citizen of the United States is eligible to purchase only a nonresident trapping license for beaver. Id_DriversLicense
RI H 7502 Notaries Public and Justices of the Peace 06/29/2018 - Enacted This law prohibits a notary public from acting as an immigration consultant or an expert on immigration matters or representing a person in a judicial or administrative proceeding relating to immigration to the United States, U.S. citizenship, or related matters. It also requires any advertisement to include the statement: "I am not an attorney licensed to practice law in this state. I am not licensed to draft legal records, give advice on legal matters, including immigration, or charge a fee for those activities." Law_Enforcement
RI S 2560 Notaries Public and Justices of the Peace 06/29/2018 - Enacted This law bars a notary public from acting as an immigration consultant or an expert on immigration matters or representing a person in a judicial or administrative proceeding relating to immigration to the United States, U.S. citizenship, or related matters.  Any advertisement or representation must include the statement: "I am not an attorney licensed to practice law in this state. I am not licensed to draft legal records, give advice on legal matters, including immigration, or charge a fee for those activities." Law_Enforcement
CA SJR 16 Federal Temporary Protected Status 06/29/2018 - Enacted This resolution urges the Congress of the United States to extend the federal Temporary Protected Status for the people of El Salvador, Honduras, Haiti, Nicaragua, and Sudan, and urges Congress to enact a bipartisan, permanent solution. Resolutions
MO H 2002 State Board of Education 06/29/2018 - Line Item Vetoed This law appropriates funds for the Migrant and Refugee Children School Impact Grants Program. Budgets
MO H 2003 Department of Higher Education 06/29/2018 - Line Item Vetoed This law declares that no funds shall be expended at public institutions of higher education that offer 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. Budgets
MO H 2010 Department of Mental Health 06/29/2018 - Line Item Vetoed This budget law appropriates funds to provide naturalization assistance to refugees and/or legal immigrants who: have resided in Missouri more than five years, are unable to benefit or attend classroom instruction, and who require special assistance to successfully attain the requirements to become a citizen. These services may include direct tutoring, assistance with identifying and completing appropriate waiver requests to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, and facilitating proper documentation. Budgets
MO H 2011 Department of Social Services 06/29/2018 - Line Item Vetoed This budget law includes funding for refugee services. Budgets
VT H 16 Appropriations 07/01/2018 - Enacted This law ensures that school disciplinary measures are applied fairly and do not target students based on race, ethnicity, gender, family income level, sexual orientation, immigration status, or disability status. Budgets
NJ S 2019 Appropriations 07/01/2018 - Line Item Vetoed This law appropriates funds for the Refugee Resettlement program and for the health program for Indochinese refugees. Budgets
NH H 1496 Performance-Based Accountability for Adequate Education 07/02/2018 - Enacted This law requires school districts by June 30 of each year to submit the results of either a locally developed competency assessment of U.S. government and civics or the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services test to the department of education. Education
CA SR 114 Immigration 07/02/2018 - Enacted This resolution responds to the federal "zero-tolerance" policy and the separation of children from their parents at the border. Asylum is a protection granted to foreign nationals already in the United States or at the border who meet the international law definition of a "refugee." The California Senate calls for just and humane immigration proceedings that protect family units, ensure the welfare of children and domestic violence survivors, and provide for an accessible asylum process. Resolutions
HI S 2790 Rights of Children in Foster Care 07/05/2018 - Enacted This law declares the rights of children in foster care to include fair and equal treatment, care, and services that are culturally responsive and free from discrimination based on race, ethnicity, color, national origin, ancestry, immigration status, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, religion, physical and mental disability, pregnancy or parenting status, or the fact that the child is in foster care. Public_Benefits
SC H 4950 State Government Expenses 07/05/2018 - Line Item Vetoed This appropriation law includes funds for the Illegal Immigration Hotline Assistance, a 24-hour hotline to report violations of federal immigration laws or related provisions of South Carolina law by any non-U.S. citizen or immigrant including the E-verify program, violation of human trafficking laws, landlord tenant law violations, or violations of any law pertaining to the provision or receipt of public assistance benefits or public services. Budgets
MO S 807 Higher Education 07/06/2018 - Enacted This law requires any student entering a public institution of higher education for the first time to pass as examination relating to American civics. The test is based on the U.S. citizenship exam. Education
CA SCR 112 Cesar Chavez Memorial Highway 07/06/2018 - Enacted This resolution recognizes a specified portion of Interstate 215 in the County of San Bernardino as the Cesar Chavez Memorial Highway.  The Chavez family lost their store and farm in 1937, and became migrant farm workers in California. Cesar Chavez was an American labor leader and a civil rights activist in support of farmworkers. Resolutions
CA ACR 188 Colonel Young Oak Kim, U. S. Army, Memorial Highway 07/10/2018 - Enacted This resolution designates a portion of Interstate 5 in the Orange County as the Colonel Young Oak Kim, United States Army, Memorial Highway.  Young Oak Kim cofounded the Korean Health, Education, Information and Research Center (KHEIR) to provide recent, uninformed immigrants in southern California with health care information and services, and, as one of largest ethnic charity organizations today, KHEIR continues to help immigrants obtain health care and offers them bilingual services in English, Spanish, and Korean. Resolutions
CA SCR 152 Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander community 07/12/2018 - Enacted This resolution recognizes the role that Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders have played in the development of California throughout the state's history and encourages all federal, state, and local organizations to promote the preservation of Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander history and culture. Resolutions
CA A 2642 Guardianship: Special Immigrant Juveniles 07/16/2018 - Enacted This law enact provisions authorizing a nonprofit charitable corporation to be appointed as a guardian of a minor in connection with a petition regarding special immigrant juvenile status and would provide care and custody for the minor. Public_Benefits
DC B 195 Mental and Substance Abuse in Immigrant Communities 07/17/2018 - Enacted This law requires the D.C. Department of Behavioral Health to conduct a study, in consultation with private and public entities that provide health care services to members of the District's immigrant community, to evaluate the impact on the mental health of the District's immigrant community of the threat of imminent action by the federal government to remove immigrant residents from the District. Health
DE S 228 Prescription Drug Payment Assistance Program 07/17/2018 - Enacted This law creates the Prescription Drug Assistance Program. One of the eligibility requirements is that the individual must be a U.S. citizen or a lawfully admitted alien. Health
CA A 2644 Dolores Huerta Day 07/18/2018 - Enacted This resolution creates Dolores Huerta Day and recoignizes her advocacy for a comprehensive immigration policy and better health conditions for farmworkers. Resolutions
MA H 4800 Fiscal Year Budget Bill 07/26/2018 - Line Item Vetoed This budget law includes funds for the Quintana Center Immigration Legal Clinic to provide pro-bono immigration legal services to clients, and allows for legal non-citizens to be given the highest priority for services. It provides funds for the Office of Refugees and Immigrants and for a citizenship program for new Americans. It provides mental health services for immigrants and refugees who have experienced torture and trauma. Budgets
DC B 901 Fiscal Year 2019 Budget Support Emergency Act 07/30/2018 - Enacted This emergency budget law includes funds for immigrant legal services. "District immigrant resident" means an immigrant individual who resides in the District of Columbia, regardless of their immigration status, and includes full-time students at post-secondary educational institutions located in the District. The law also includes funds for immigrant children's health. Budgets
IL H 4887 Youth to Independent Adult Assistance 08/03/2018 - Enacted This law requires the Department of Children and Family Services to assist a youth in care in identifying and obtaining documents necessary to function as an independent adult prior to the closure of the youth's case including immigration, citizenship, or naturalization documentation, if applicable. Public_Benefits
MA H 4834 Voter Registration and Fraud Safeguarding 08/09/2018 - Enacted This voter registration law requires the state secretary to determine that a state agency collects "reliable citizenship information" from applicants that affirm their citizenship status and collects a signed affirmation of citizenship status or documentary proof of citizenship status and that records of citizens are segregable from non-citizens. Voting
MA H 4732 Economic Development 08/10/2018 - Line Item Vetoed This law provides for economic development and job creation in Massachusetts. Of $300,000 for a technical assistance program for businesses and entrepreneurs in East Boston, $100,000 is for technical support to immigrant and non-English speaking businesses and business owners. Budgets
IL H 5202 Youth Budget Commission 08/13/2018 - Enacted This law establishes the Youth Budget Commission to improve policies, services and opportunities for adolescents.  The 15-member commission must include representatives from various organizations, including immigrant communities. Miscellaneous
CA AJR 36 136th anniversary of the Chinese Exclusion Act 08/15/2018 - Enacted This resolution marks May 6, 2018, as the 136th anniversary of the enactment of the Chinese Exclusion Act to recognize the harm caused by racially discriminatory immigration measures, and to honor the contributions of all immigrants and refugees. Resolutions
CA SCR 135 Portugal Day 08/15/2018 - Enacted This resolution declares June 10, 2018, as Portugal Day, a day to celebrate Portuguese national heritage. Portuguese Americans have made valuable and substantial contributions to every facet of California life, such as within the thriving agricultural communities of the Santa Clara and San Joaquin Valleys and through service in local, state, and federal office. Today over 350,000 Portuguese Americans reside in California. Resolutions
IL H 5544 State Council on Women and Girls Act 08/17/2018 - Enacted This law creates the Illinois Council on Women and Girls to advise the Governor and the General Assembly on policy issues impacting women and girls. The number of women and girls, of all ages in Illinois as of 2013, was close to half of the State's population, at 6,560,187 and approximately 13% of the total population of the women are immigrants. Appointments to the Council shall be persons of recognized ability and experience in one or more of the following areas: higher education, business, law, social services, human services, immigration, refugee services, community development, or healthcare. The Council must meet every quarter and submit reports semiannually to the Governor and the General Assembly. Miscellaneous
CA ACR 187 Portuguese National Heritage Month 08/17/2018 - Enacted This resolution recognizes the month of June 2018 as Portuguese National Heritage Month and commemorates Azorean immigrants who moved to California just before and after the turn of the 20th century. Each wave contributed substantially to setting up agricultural operations, especially dairy, vegetable, and fruit farms. Resolutions
NJ AJR 125 World Refugee Day 08/17/2018 - Enacted This joint resolution designates June 20th of each year as "World Refugee Day" in New Jersey to call attention to the unbelievable hardships of refugees worldwide and their importance as residents of New Jersey. The Office of Refugee Resettlement at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has noted that the public private partnership, which makes refugee resettlement possible, is facilitated by the International Rescue Committee (IRC), Church World Service (CWS), Catholic Charities (USCCB), and the Reformed Church of Highland Park (USCRI), and with the support of the IRC managed New Jersey's Office for Refugees. These partner agencies in the last 10 years have resettled 5,388 refugees and 426 Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) recipients in New Jersey from more than 37 countries including Afghanistan, Bhutan, Burma, Cuba, Democratic Republic of Congo, Iraq, Syria, and Sudan. Resolutions
CA A 1639 Crime Victims: Victim Compensation Board 08/20/2018 - Enacted This law creates the Healing for All Act of 2017 and requires that the California Victim Compensation board's outreach and training affirm that access to information about victim compensation and an application for compensation, will not be denied on the basis of the victim's or derivative victim's documentation or immigration status. Law_Enforcement
CA A 1887 Public Education Governance: Service on Boards 08/24/2018 - Enacted This law authorizes any student attending a campus of the California Community Colleges, the California State University, the University of California, or an independent institution of higher education, as defined, who qualifies for exemption from paying nonresident tuition pursuant to a specified statute to serve on any board or commission established. Education
IL S 3109 Professional Regulation Law 08/24/2018 - Enacted This law states that no person shall be denied a license, certificate, limited permit, or registration issued by the Department of Professional Regulation solely based on his or her citizenship status or immigration status. This does not grant eligibility for obtaining any public benefit other than a professional license issued by the Department. Id_DriversLicense
IL S 3488 Anti Registry Program Act 08/24/2018 - Enacted This law states that information regarding an individual's citizenship or immigration status, lawful or unlawful will be interpreted consistently with Section 1373 of Title 8 of the United States Code. Law_Enforcement
NJ A 4208 Complete Count Commission 08/24/2018 - Enacted This law establishing the New Jersey Complete Count Commission encourages outreach to hard to count populations, such as African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, Asian Americans, non-native English speakers, persons who are indigent or homeless, college students, children under five years of age, men ages 18-49, the elderly, persons displaced by natural disasters, persons who are incarcerated, and members of the LGBTQ community.  The outreach must also ensure that immigrant populations in this State understand the confidentiality of the census survey and the importance of completing the 2020 Census regardless of citizenship status. Miscellaneous
CA A 2090 Guardianships: Special Immigrant Juvenile Status 08/27/2018 - Enacted This law clarifies that a parent is authorized to file a petition for guardianship, in connection with a petition to make the necessary findings regarding special immigrant juvenile status, if the proposed ward consents. Public_Benefits
CA ACR 262 Chinese American Contribution to Yosemite and Sierras 08/30/2018 - Enacted This resolution recognizes the legacy of California's pioneer Chinese Americans. It recognizes that Chinese immigrants became an indispensable workforce by taking on jobs that were not desired by others and performing tasks so well that today their accomplishments illustrate the highest levels of human achievement and honors their contributions to the Yosemite National Park and the Sierra Nevada. Resolutions
VA HR 704 Commendatory Resolution 08/30/2018 - Enacted This resolution commends AALEAD, the Asian American Youth Leadership Empowerment And Development, which provides resources and support to young Vietnamese immigrants. Resolutions
CA ACR 176 Domestic Violence Awareness Month 09/05/2018 - Enacted This resolution recognizes Oct. 2018, and each following October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Domestic violence affects women, men, and children of all racial, ethnic, cultural, social, religious, and economic groups in the United States and here in California. The marginalization of certain groups in society, including undocumented individuals, LGBTQ individuals, and people living with disabilities, increases their vulnerability to intimate partner violence. Resolutions
CA ACR 269 Dosan Ahn Chang Ho Day 09/05/2018 - Enacted This resolution declares Nov. 9th, 2018 and each Nov. 9th following to be recognized as Dosan Ahn Chang Ho Day, as he helped and organized the early Korean immigrants who came to the United States. Resolutions
CA ACR 267 Sikh Awareness and Appreciation Month 09/06/2018 - Enacted This resolution recognizes November 2018 as Sikh American Awareness and Appreciation Month, which acknowledges the contributions made by Californians of Sikh heritage to the state, condemns all hate crimes and bias incidents against Sikh Americans and encourages all Sikhs to practice their faith freely and fearlessly. Resolutions
CA AJR 39 Citizenship: Internationally Adopted Adults 09/06/2018 - 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 children who are now adults and to pass the Adoptee Citizenship Act of 2018. Resolutions
CA AJR 46 Federal Zero Tolerance Immigration Policy 09/06/2018 - Enacted This resolution urges federal departments to immediately cease the implementation of the zero tolerance federal immigration policy and to not propose any additional inhumane immigration policies in the future. Resolutions
CA ACR 173 Little Saigon Cultural and Commercial District 09/07/2018 - Enacted This resolution commemorates the relocation of hundreds of thousands of Vietnamese to the United States, many of whom immigrated to San Diego and the City Heights Community. Today over 55,000 Vietnamese Americans reside throughout the San Diego region. Resolutions
CA ACR 282 Filipino American History Month 09/07/2018 - Enacted This resolution recognizes the month of October 2018 and the following Oct. as Filipino American History Month and the 431st anniversary of the first presence of migrant Filipinos in the continental United States. Resolutions
CA S 1410 Public Utilities: Inspection and Audit of Books 09/11/2018 - Enacted This law extends labor protections for drivers who move freight between California's ports and distribution centers. The legislature finds that these drivers are a largely immigrant workforce and particularly vulnerable to labor exploitation. Employment
CA ACR 261 Hindu American Awareness and Appreciation Month 09/11/2018 - Enacted This resolution recognizes the month of October 2018 as California Hindu American Awareness and Appreciation Month.  Hindus are primarily an immigrant community and first started immigrating to California and the United States in the early 1900s. Resolutions
CA ACR 281 Arirang Day Commemoration 09/11/2018 - Enacted This resolution commemorates October 12, 2018 as Arirang Day, which celebrates the culture and contributions of Korean Americans to California.  With an enduring belief in the American dream, Korean immigrants have helped to turn smaller areas within the State of California into thriving and respectable communities, while raising their children to be productive Korean Americans. Resolutions
CA SCR 157 Italian American Heritage Month 09/12/2018 - Enacted This resolution recognizes October 2018 as Italian American Heritage Month and encourages public schools to highlight and include Italian-American achievements and contributions to California in the elementary and secondary school social science textbooks. Resolutions
CA SJR 29 Immigration 09/12/2018 - Enacted This resolution calls for the President and the U.S. Congress to acknowledge that the separation of immigrant children from their families at the border is detrimental to the short- and long-term physical and mental well-being of children. Resolutions
CA A 2775 Professional Cosmetics: Labeling Requirements 09/14/2018 - Enacted This law requires state labeling requirements for health and safety protections to conform with federal law. An estimated 59 to 80 percent of the 129,000 licensed manicurists are Vietnamese immigrants, many with limited English skills. Health
CA A 2184 Business Licenses 09/14/2018 - Enacted This law prohibits localities from denying businesses licenses to an otherwise eligible applicant based on his or her citizenship status or immigration status. Local governments are required to accept a California driver' s license or identification number, individual taxpayer identification number, or municipal identification number in lieu of a social security number. Id_DriversLicense
CA S 1494 Public Safety Omnibus 09/14/2018 - Enacted This law allows law enforcement officials to have discretion to cooperate with immigration authorities only if doing so would not violate any federal, state, or local law, or local policy, and where permitted by the California Values Act. Law_Enforcement
DC R 985 Sole Source Contract Modifications 09/18/2018 - Enacted This law declares an emergency to provide services to unaccompanied refugee minors by the Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Arena. Budgets
CA A 3255 Postsecondary Education: Omnibus Bill 09/18/2018 - Enacted This law related to instate tuition for immigrants amends existing law to require that the 3 or more years of full-time high school coursework be in California. Education
CA A 2826 Pupil Enrollment: Interdistrict Attendance 09/19/2018 - Enacted This law requires each school district of residence and school district to post on its website the procedures and timelines regarding a request for an inter-district transfer permit. The school district must ensure pupils are selected through an unbiased process that prohibits consideration of whether or not a pupil should be enrolled based on his or her academic or athletic performance, physical condition, proficiency in English, family income, or any individual characteristics including, but not limited to, race or ethnicity, gender, gender identity, gender expression, and immigration status. Education
CA A 2121 Pupil Instruction: Coursework: Migratory Children 09/20/2018 - Enacted This law extends provisions related to high school graduation to a pupil who is a migratory child, and a pupil participating in an English language proficiency program for newly arrived immigrant pupils, and requires charter schools to comply with the requirements applicable to school districts. Education
CA A 2210 Public Postsecondary Education: Nonresident Tuition 09/20/2018 - Enacted This law requires California Community Colleges to post a notice on its website stating which persons are exempt from paying nonresident tuition, such as students who have been granted special immigrant visas or are refugees. Education
CA A 3249 State Bar Act: Attorneys: Discipline: Membership Fee 09/21/2018 - Enacted This law amends the State Bar Act to prohibit a licensing board from requiring an individual to disclose either citizenship status or immigration status for purposes of licensure. A licensing board shall not deny licensure to an otherwise qualified and eligible individual based solely on his or her citizenship status or immigration status. Law_Enforcement
CA A 2592 Secretary of State: Census Outreach and Education 09/21/2018 - Enacted This law requires the Secretary of State to incorporate messages into public election materials produced that promote awareness of, and encourage participation in, the census and to include this information in the state voter information guide for any statewide election that is held less than one year before the census and on the Secretary of State's website. Voting
CA S 895 Pupil Instruction: Vietnamese and Cambodian Genocide 09/22/2018 - Enacted This law encourages a school district, charter school, or county office of education to maintain kindergarten or any of grades 1 to 12, to offer a course of study based on model curriculum relative to the Vietnamese American refugee experience and to the Cambodian genocide. Education
CA S 1402 Labor Contracting: Customer Liability 09/22/2018 - Enacted This law provides better labor law enforcement of port drayage services. Port drayage drivers are a largely immigrant workforce and particularly vulnerable to labor exploitation. Employment
PA HR 1043 Commemorative Resolution 09/24/2018 - Enacted This resolution commemorates and celebrates the 50th anniversary of the establishment of York College of Pennsylvania. In 1767, Reverend John Andrews established York County Academy to teach English, Latin and Greek to German immigrants. Resolutions
CA A 1895 DREAM Loan Program: Repayment 09/26/2018 - Enacted This law requires universities to adopt procedures, by Jan. 1, 2020, allowing an immigrant student borrower to select an income-based repayment plan for the repayment of a DREAM loan . Education
CA A 2098 Adult Education Block Grant: Immigration Integration 09/26/2018 - Enacted This law related to immigrant integration requires reports from the chancellor and superintendent to be provided to the Statewide Director of Immigrant Integration in the Governor' s Office of Planning and Research. The chancellor and superintendent are required to identify common measures for meeting the needs of immigrant and refugee adults seeking integration. Education
CA A 3022 Retroactive Grant of High School Diplomas 09/26/2018 - Enacted This law authorizes the retroactive grant of a high school diploma to a person who has departed California against his or her will (deported pupils), who was enrolled in grade 12 and was in good academic standing at the time of his or her departure. Education
CA S 183 Educational Equity: Immigration Status 09/26/2018 - Enacted This law adds immigration status to its policy on equity in education. Education
CA S 746 Firearms and Ammunition: Prohibited Possession: Dealers 09/26/2018 - Enacted This law adds requirements for a person seeking return of a firearm that is in custody of law enforcement. The application must include certain identifying information, including, if the applicant is not a U.S. citizen, the applicant's country of citizenship and the applicant's alien registration or I-94 number. Id_DriversLicense
CA S 1217 Private Investigator Act: Firearms Qualification 09/26/2018 - Enacted This law states that an applicant must produce evidence to the firearm training facility that he or she is a citizen of the United States or has permanent legal alien status in the United States. Citizenship or permanent legal alien status is deemed sufficient by the bureau to ensure compliance with federal laws. Law_Enforcement
MI HR 397 Maltese American Heritage Week Resolution 09/26/2018 - Enacted This resolution declares September 21-28, 2018, as Maltese American Heritage Week in the state of Michigan. The 2013 American Community Survey estimates that over 12,900 Michiganders are Maltese immigrants or children of Maltese immigrants. Resolutions
PA HR 1016 Observation Resolution 09/26/2018 - Enacted This resolution recognizes September 15 through October 15, 2018, as Hispanic Heritage Month. Hispanics are the largest ethnic minority group in the United States and make valuable contributions to Pennsylvania through business and industry, politics, education, the sciences and the arts. Resolutions
CA S 695 Professions and Vocations: Individual Tax ID Number 09/27/2018 - Enacted This law prohibits a professional licensing board, including the State Department of Public Health, the Emergency Medical Services Authority, and the Commission on Teacher Credentialing, from requiring an individual to disclose citizenship or immigration status and from denying licensure to an otherwise qualified and eligible individual based solely on his or her citizenship  or immigration status. The law allows  an applicant to provide either the individual taxpayer identification number or social security number for purposes of applying for a certificate. Employment
CA A 2845 Criminal Procedure: Pardons 09/27/2018 - Enacted This law allows an applicant for parole to be eligible for a pardon, commutation, or certificate of rehabilitation without regard to his or her immigration status. Law_Enforcement
CA A 2867 Criminal Procedure: Postconviction Relief 09/27/2018 - Enacted This law clarifies postconviction relief for individuals who may not have understood the actual or potential adverse immigration consequences of a plea of guilty or nolo contendere. Law_Enforcement
CA S 1194 Privacy: Lodging and Common Carriers 09/27/2018 - Enacted This law prohibits lodging and bus transportation agencies from disclosing private information to a 3rd party, such as an immigration enforcement agent, without a court-issued subpoena, warrant, or order. Law_Enforcement
NJ ACR 180 Keep Families Together Act 09/27/2018 - Enacted This resolution commends and supports New Jersey's federal Senators Menendez and Booker for sponsoring the "Keep Families Together Act" which keeps immigrant families together and prevents the United States government from separating children from their parents at the border. Resolutions
NJ AR 181 Presidential and Congressional Resolution 09/27/2018 - Enacted This resolution urges the President and Congress to eliminate existing restrictions on abortion access and reject Supreme Court nominees who would impose new limits on reproductive freedom. The resolution recognizes that a woman should make an abortion decision for herself, based on what is best for her and her family, and it is further crucial that the woman be provided with equal access to abortion and other reproductive health care, regardless of where she lives, how much money she makes, or her insurance or immigration status. Resolutions
CA S 244 Privacy: Personal Information 09/28/2018 - Enacted This privacy law prohibits the use of a driver' s license as evidence of an individual' s citizenship or immigration status for any purpose. Id_DriversLicense
CA A 2041 University of California: Chief Investment Officer 09/29/2018 - Enacted This law urges the University of California, through its Office of the Chief Investment Officer, to encourage diversity in its hiring and investments and requires a report to the legislature how it is addressing these issues in investing its pension and endowment funds. The legislature finds that women, ethnic minorities, members of the LGBTQ community, persons with disabilities, veterans, and immigrants, among other groups, are underrepresented in the venture capital industry and in the executive ranks of venture-backed companies. Employment
CA A 2887 Migrant Farm Labor Centers 09/30/2018 - Enacted This law requires the Department of Housing and Community Development, through its Office of Migrant Services,  to allow migrant farm labor centers to have flexibility in opening dates to adjust for variable seasonal or climate changes. Employment
CA S 1343 Employers: Sexual Harassment Training: Requirement 09/30/2018 - Enacted This law requires employers of 5 or more employees, including migrant and seasonal agricultural workers,  to provide training and education regarding sexual harassment.  The law previously affected employers of 50 or more employees. Employment
PA HR 1039 Designation Resolution 10/01/2018 - Enacted This resolution recognizes September 21st as "Peace Day" and recognizes that Pennsylvania was founded as a haven for civil and religious freedom by Quakers and other immigrants who put their faith not in war, but in peaceful coexistence. Resolutions
PA SR 447 Designation Resolution 10/01/2018 - Enacted This resolution designates October 2018 as Polish American Heritage Month. Individuals of Polish heritage have contributed greatly to global advancement and the growth of the United States and Pennsylvania in particular in the more than 400 years since the first Polish immigrants settled here. Resolutions
PA SR 448 Recognition Resolution 10/01/2018 - Enacted This resolution recognizes the month of October 2018 as Italian-American Heritage Month. Italian immigrants arrived relatively unskilled but soon helped fuel a booming industrial economy by providing labor for American factories and mines and helping to build roads, dams, tunnels and other infrastructure. Resolutions
MI HR 404 Italian American Heritage Month Resolution 10/02/2018 - Enacted This resolution declares October 2018 as Italian-American Heritage Month in the state of Michigan. An estimated 5.5 million Italians immigrated to the United States between 1820 and 2004. Today, there are over 18 million Americans of Italian descent in the United States, making them the fourth largest ethnic group. Resolutions
DC B 922 Budget Support Congressional Review 10/03/2018 - Enacted This budget law includes funding for immigrant legal services and immigrant children's health coverage. Budgets
DC B 926 Sole Source Contract Modifications 10/03/2018 - Enacted This budget law funds goods and services for unaccompanied refugee minors. Budgets
PA HR 899 Recognition Resolution 10/15/2018 - Enacted This resolution recognizes the life of former heavyweight wrestling champion and Pennsylvania hero, Bruno Sammartino and expresses condolences on his passing. After WWII, Bruno and other members of the Sammartino family immigrated to the United States, settling in Pittsburgh where they were reunited with Bruno's father. Resolutions
PA HR 1160 Condemning Anti Sikh Violence 10/17/2018 - Enacted This resolution condemns the November 1984 anti-Sikh violence in India as genocide. The Sikh community, which originated in Punjab, India, and began immigrating into the United States over 100 years ago, has played an important role in developing the United States and Pennsylvania. Sikhism is the world's fifth-largest religion with nearly 30 million adherents, including roughly 700,000 in the United States Resolutions
NJ SR 96 Presidential and Congressional Resolution 10/29/2018 - Enacted This resolution urges the President and Congress to eliminate existing restrictions on abortion access and reject Supreme Court nominees who would impose new limits on reproductive freedom. It states women should have the right to choose whether they have an abortion and should have access to reproductive health care regardless of their immigration status, race, income, or insurance. Resolutions
DC B 753 Fiscal Year 2019 Budget Support Act 10/30/2018 - Enacted This budget law includes funds for immigrant legal services. "District immigrant resident" means an immigrant individual who resides in the District of Columbia, regardless of their immigration status, and includes full-time students at post-secondary educational institutions located in the District. The law also includes funds for immigrant children's health. Budgets
DC B 203 Infant and Toddler Developmental Health Services 10/30/2018 - Enacted This law requires the Department of Health (DOH) to issue grants to a nonprofit organization to provide services to homeless families with an infant or toddler residing in the DC General Family Shelter or DC General Family Shelter replacement units, and immigrant families. Beginning October 1, 2019, DOH must award a grant or contract annually to at least one nonprofit organization to enable the organization to provide Early Head Start to immigrant families. Health
DC B 250 Vital Records Modernization 10/30/2018 - Enacted This law establishes a new system of record-keeping for vital records for the District of Columbia. The registrar may accept IR-3 immigrant visa status, or successor immigrant visa status for the child, issued by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services when establishing a new record of live birth for an adoptee born outside of the United States. Miscellaneous
IL HR 1191 Congratulatory Resolution 11/13/2018 - Enacted This resolution commemorates Manuel De Jesus Marques Martinez on his 90th birthday. In Cuba, Manuel Martinez worked for La Fabrica de Zapatos de Fefo from 1949 to 1950, U.S. Roberts from 1950 to 1959, and the Ministerio de Hacienda en el Gobierno de Fidel Castro, El Departamente de Impuestos (IRS) from 1959 to 1961. Martinez and his family immigrated to the U.S. in April of 1962, they arrived in Miami and eventually settled in Chicago. From 1962 to 1991, Manuel Martinez worked for Fel-Products, Inc. in Illinois, he retired in 1991. Resolutions
IL HR 1207 Congratulatory Resolution 11/13/2018 - Enacted This resolution congratulates Joliet Branch 20 of the Slovenian Union of America on its 90th anniversary. Joliet's Branch 20 was the third of 12 branches to be organized in Illinois. On June 11, 1928, 14 charter members of Branch 20 met for the first time, most of the members were parishioners of St. Joseph Church, founded by immigrants in 1891. Resolutions
IL HR 1247 Memorial Resolution 11/13/2018 - Enacted This resolution mourns the death of Leon Lenderman. The son of Jewish immigrants, Lenderman joined the Columbia physics department in constructing a 385-MeV synchrotron at Nevis lab at Irvington-on-the Hudson, New York. He remained as part of that collaboration for 28 years and eventually served as director of Nevis Labs from 1961 until 1978. He rose to prominence as a researcher and began to influence science policy. Resolutions
IL HR 1256 Congratulatory Resolution 11/13/2018 - Enacted This resolution congratulates the City of Albion on the bicentennial anniversary of its founding. In 1816, George Flower and Morris Birkbeck sought to immigrate to America from England to form a colony that prized independence and political representation. Resolutions
IL SR 1879 Memorial Resolution 11/15/2018 - Enacted This resolution commemorates the death of Harold W. Sundelius of Moline. He was a member of the American Scandinavian Association at Augustana College and served on the board of the Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center. Resolutions
IL SR 1921 Memorial Resolution 11/15/2018 - Enacted This resolution mourns the passing of Van Cybulski, and extends sincere condolences to his family, friends, and all who knew and loved him. Cybulski was born in Poland, as the events leading to World War II began to unfold, his family immigrated to Mexico and eventually the U.S. Resolutions
IL SR 1934 Memorial Resolution 11/15/2018 - Enacted This resolution mourns the passing of Simon Weltman, and extends sincere condolences to his family, friends, and all who knew and loved him. Born in Germany, he fought in World War II and Israel's War of Independence and immigrated to the U.S. in 1963. Resolutions
IL SR 1970 Memorial Resolution 11/15/2018 - Enacted This resolution mourn the passing of Luis Carlos Castillo, and extends sincere condolences to his family, friends, and all who knew and loved him. Castillo immigrated from Columbia to the U.S. in 1988. Resolutions
GA H 1 Appropriations for State Fiscal Year 11/17/2018 - Enacted This law makes and provides appropriations for the State Fiscal Year beginning July 1st, 2018. It reimburses members of the Immigration Enforcement Review Board for expenses incurred in connection with the investigation and review of complaints alleging failure of public agencies or employees to properly adhere to federal and state laws related to the federal work authorization program E-Verify. Budgets
IN SR 7 Honorary Resolution 11/20/2018 - Enacted This resolution honors Senator Mike Delph upon his retirement and thanks him for his years of service to the Indiana State Senate. He served as Chair of the Senate Select Commission on Immigration Issues. Resolutions
IL S 34 VOICES Act 11/28/2018 - Enacted The Voices of Immigrant Communities Empowering Survivors (VOICES) Act requires law enforcement agencies to designate officials to complete certification for T and U visas for certain victims of criminal activity for the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Law_Enforcement
IL SR 2221 Honorary Resolution 11/28/2018 - Enacted This resolution thanks Senator Kwame Raoul for his years of service to the people of Illinois. The son of Haitian immigrants, Sen. Raoul passed the Illinois Voting Rights Act to protect racial and language minorities and increase transparency and public participation in the redistricting process. Resolutions
IL HR 1313 Congratulatory Resolution 11/29/2018 - Enacted This resolution congratulates Rep. John D. Cavaletto on his retirement and recognizes his distinguished career of public service to the people of Illinois. Rep. Cavaletto is the grandson of immigrant coal miners. Resolutions
IL HR 1335 Honorary Resolution 11/29/2018 - Enacted This resolution honors and thanks State Representative Carol Sente for her years of dedicated service. She is the daughter of immigrants from Hungary and Austria. Resolutions
IL HR 1336 Congratulatory Resolution 11/29/2018 - Enacted This resolution congratulats State Representative Daniel J. Burke for his dedicated service as a member of the Illinois House of Representatives. Representative Burke has been a steady and forceful voice for immigrants, children, police officers, and fire fighters as well as an advocate for animal rights. Resolutions
DC B 324 Notary Public Electronic Establishment and Enhancement 12/04/2018 - Enacted This law establishes an electronic notary system to provide notarial acts and to authorize the Office of the Secretary to create an electronic database of notaries. The database shall note whether a notary public has the electronic notary endorsement pursuant to section, prohibited acts include an act as an immigration consultant or an expert on immigration matters, representing a person in a judicial or administrative proceeding relating to immigration to the United States, United States citizenship, or related matters. The Mayor maintains an electronic database of notaries public commissioned in the District that is accessible to the public and available at no cost. Law_Enforcement
NY A 2805 Entrepreneurship Assistance Centers 12/07/2018 - Enacted This law creates entrepreneurship assistance centers primarily to assist minority group members, women, individuals with a disability, dislocated workers and veterans. Minority group member is defined as a U.S. citizen or permanent resident alien who is a member of the following groups: black, Hispanic, Asian/Pacific Islander or American Indian or Alaska Native persons. Employment