States Passing Fewer Immigration Laws in 2012: NCSL

"U.S. state legislatures passed fewer immigration measures this year because lawmakers' priorities shifted to balancing budgets and U.S. courts were weighing how much authority states have to enforce immigration laws, according to a study released on Monday. The National Conference of State...

State Net Capitol Journal: States Ease Off Immigration Bills . . . For Now

A year chock-full of budget and redistricting fights has done more than just give state lawmakers heartburn. According to a new study by the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), those issues, in conjunction with the wait for a Supreme Court decision on a federal challenge to Arizona's...

State Net Capitol Journal: States, Localities Wary of Immigration Reform Costs

By Lou Cannon States and local governments with heavy concentrations of illegal immigrants have long clamored for comprehensive federal immigration reform. But with such reform on the doorstep, many of these states and localities are complaining that they are in line to bear the brunt of the costs...

2013 State Immigration Legislation Report: NCSL

"State immigration legislation in 2013 seemed to shift in response to two federal actions in 2012, changing from a focus on immigration law enforcement measures to some expanded state benefits for immigrants. In 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Arizona v. United States struck down several...