Immigration Law

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States Are Divided by the Lines They Draw on Immigration
Posted on 30 Mar 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Washington has long allowed immigrants without legal status to get driver’s licenses. So Ofelia Rosas Ramos, a Mexican living illegally in Seattle, has had her license since 2008. “That is one of the big advantages of this state,”... Read More

LexisNexis Expert: States' Refugee Refusal is Unconstitutional - Stephen W. Yale-Loehr
Posted on 18 Nov 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Quoted in the Wall Street Journal , Cornell law professor and LexisNexis expert author Stephen W. Yale-Loehr said, "States cannot decide to accept refugees from country X but not from country Y,” and noted that such refusal would be unconstitutional... Read More

Deciding Who Drives: State Choices Surrounding Unauthorized Immigrants and Driver Licenses
Posted on 24 Aug 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"U.S. citizens and lawful immigrants can routinely obtain and renew driver’s licenses, but some states have decided to allow unauthorized immigrants—those who do not have explicit permission from the U.S. government to reside in the country—to... Read More

Inclusive Policies Advance Dramatically in the States: Immigrants' Access to Drivers' Licenses, Higher Education, Workers' Rights, and Community Policing
Posted on 9 Sep 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"As Congress debated federal immigration reform this year, states led the way by adopting policies designed to integrate immigrants more fully into their communities. In the wake of the 2012 elections, with Latino and Asian voters participating in... Read More

Citizenship to Go
Posted on 19 May 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"In early modern Europe, vagabonds without passes were hanged, imprisoned, branded and shipped off to the colonies, including America. Requiring a birth certificate to document citizenship is no less irrational. We need governments, but we... Read More

Roberto Suro: Let States Participate in Immigration Reform
Posted on 15 Sep 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Roberto Suro, Sept. 16, 2015 - "The decrepitude of the federal immigration system makes it necessary for states to go their own way. Across the West, crops rotted for the second summer in a row this year because of a weekslong shutdown of visa processing... Read More

ORR to States: You Must Assist Syrian Refugees
Posted on 30 Nov 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ORR Dear Colleague Letter 16-02, Nov. 25, 2015 - "States that continue to use ORR funding must ensure that assistance and services are delivered without regard to race, religion, nationality, sex, or political opinion. States may not deny ORR-funded... Read More

Tags: orr , states , refugees , syrian

Twelve States and D.C. Support Executive Action on Immigration, File Amicus Brief in Texas v. USA
Posted on 13 Jan 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Washington State Attorney General Ferguson spearheads legal brief in support of Obama Administration’s action on immigration “Friend-of-court” brief joined by 11 other states and the District of Columbia SEATTLE —... Read More

CLINIC Launches State and Local Immigration Policy Map
Posted on 13 Feb 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) today launches a new, interactive web feature highlighting state and local immigration initiatives across the country. This feature is publically available for free, thanks to a grant... Read More

State Responses to DACA Vary
Posted on 4 Sep 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Life for DACA participants varies dramatically depending on where they live. In addition to denying driver's licenses and in-state tuition to DACA recipients (and to all other unauthorized immigrants), Arizona makes it difficult for immigrants... Read More

Tags: daca , states

Debating The Impact Of An Immigration Crackdown
Posted on 27 Dec 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Next year Congress is expected to again take up immigration reform, something it tried, but failed, to pass in 2006 and 2007. The collapse of those efforts prompted a number of cities and states to adopt their own regulations aimed at driving out... Read More

The Current STATE of E-Verify – A brief look at State-Level E-Verify requirements beginning in 2012
Posted on 8 Jan 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

" For the past few years, we’ve been describing E-Verify laws as a growing patchwork, but I think it now more properly should be described as a full-blown quilt. By my count (which may change at any minute), we have 9 states which require... Read More

Tags: states , E-Verify

The Laboratories of Democracy: State Initiatives and Promotion of Immigration Reform
Posted on 13 Jan 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Although states have been experimenting with their own initiatives on immigration, they have been related to mainly punitive enforcement laws, the most notorious being Arizona’s SB 1070. Section 2(B) of the Arizona law, which was upheld by... Read More