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...

State Net Capitol Journal: California's Immigrant Population Largest in Nation by Far

California has the largest foreign-born population of all U.S. states by a wide margin, according to a report released earlier this year by the Pew Hispanic Center, which was based on the Census Bureau's 2011 American Community Survey (ACS), the largest survey of U.S. households. As of 2011, the...

State Net Capitol Journal: Immigration Overhaul Could Boost State Coffers

As the U.S. House of Representatives was debating last week whether to grant citizenship to the nation's estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants as part of an overhaul of U.S. immigration law, a left-leaning think tank released the results of a study indicating that move would boost state and...

State Net Capitol Journal: Businesses Suffer From Seasonal Visa Delay

Every year the U.S. State Department issues up to 66,000 seasonal visas to foreign workers under a guest worker program known as H-2B. Those workers man the crab-picking plants in Maryland, the beach resorts in the Carolinas and construction sites and other business operations all across the country...

State Net Capitol Journal: Lack of Progress on Immigration Reform Stymies States

By Lou Cannon With congressional efforts to repair a broken immigration system stalled by election-year politics, the Obama administration is deporting unauthorized immigrants at record rates and in the process putting pressure on the states. In five years in office, President Obama has deported nearly...

State Net Capitol Journal: Lack of Progress on Immigration Reform Stymies The States

With congressional efforts to repair a broken immigration system stalled by election-year politics, the Obama administration is deporting unauthorized immigrants at record rates and in the process putting pressure on the states. In five years in office, President Obama has deported nearly 2 million...

State Net Capitol Journal: Congress Fails Immigrants – And The States In Which They Live

By Lou Cannon | When a do-little Congress went home without addressing the crisis caused by the flight of thousands of unaccompanied children from Central America across U.S. borders, immense strains were placed on state-supervised programs that provide social services, job training and preventive...

State Net Capitol Journal: California Governor Signs Immigration Bill

CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signs SB 873, which allocates $3 million to pay for legal aid for thousands of immigrant children from Central America who have poured into the Golden State this year to escape violence in their home countries (CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR'S OFFICE). The above article is...