Immigration Reform

    • 19 Oct 2013

    State Net Capitol Journal: States Try To Fill Federal Vacuum On Immigration Reform

    By Lou Cannon | With immigration reform blocked by partisan gridlock and government shutdown in Washington, states led by California have stepped in to ease the plight of illegal immigrants. "While Washington waffles on immigration, California's forging ahead," Gov. Jerry Brown (D) said earlier this month as he signed legislation to increase civil, workplace and education protections for immigrants. California...
    • 19 Jul 2013

    News Excerpts From the Aug. 1, 2013, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

    Napolitano Resigns as Secretary of Homeland Security On July 12, 2013, Janet Napolitano announced her resignation as Secretary of Homeland Security, a position she has held since the start of the Obama administration. Napolitano will remain in her position until September, after which she will become President of the University of California system. Napolitano was a prominent supporter of comprehensive immigration...
    • 16 Jul 2013

    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 local government revenues by about $2 billion per year. The analysis from the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy...
    • 27 Jun 2013

    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 for providing healthcare, education and other services to immigrants who would become legal residents. "The federal...