Immigration policy in forefront with legislatures across the country

The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) has compiled a report titled: State Laws Related to Immigrants and Immigration 2008. Released this month, it covers the time span between January 1 – November 30, 2008.

State legislatures continue tackling immigration issues in a variety of policy arenas at an unprecedented rate. As of November 30, 2008, no fewer than 1305 pieces of legislation related to immigrants and immigration had been introduced. In 41 states, at least one law or resolution was enacted, with a total of 205 laws and resolutions enacted nationwide. Three bills were vetoed by governors, according to the NCSL.

The 2008 level of activity is comparable to last year, when 1,562 bills were introduced and 240 laws were enacted. As in recent years, the top three areas of interest are identification/driver’s licenses, employment and law enforcement.

Check out the report.  It’s an interesting document.

6 Responses to Immigration policy in forefront with legislatures across the country

  1. Joe Evans says:

    Previous groups immigrating to the United States did not require such actions by state legislatures. They came LEGALLY, acclimated, learned the English language and didn’t march through the streets of American cities demanding “rights” that were not theirs.

  2. Sideliner says:

    Neither did th previous immigrant groups teach their children that this country was theirs and they intended to reclaim it. They’ve done such a swell job with Mexico, no wonder they want to bring us to that level of violence and corruption.

  3. RA says:

    That’s a lot of activity for a topic that the media and certain pols want to characterize as a dead issue.

  4. SherriAZ says:

    The issue is only dead in the minds of the liberal media who would gladly allow all illegals amnesty as long as said illegals didn’t live next door to them. With high unemployment and all the other economic ills facing this country, providing amnesty to millions of unneeded workers would be insanity itself… but look to the Dems to give it a try.

  5. Ted says:

    Always interesting things to read on this site. I can’t imagine the Republic or Tribune (what’s left of it) providing this type of information. I thoroughly enjoyed scanning the report’s pages. Much to learn.

  6. Jeff Richards says:

    41 states passed laws relating to illegal immigration and McCain campaigned on the platform that it was “no longer an issue.” What an astute maverick Senator we have. Don’t worry, he’s already announced for a 2010 reelection. What a joke! Will a dependable conservative please step forward to unseat our senior Senator?

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