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The Current STATE of E-Verify – A brief look at State-Level E-Verify requirements beginning in 2012

" 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 E-Verify for all or most employers; 8 states...

CLINIC Launches State and Local Immigration Policy Map

"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 from the Ford Foundation. In 2007, CLINIC created...

Citizenship to Go

"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 don’t need nations. People should be free...

Debating The Impact Of An Immigration Crackdown

"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 [unauthorized] immigrants. But years later, it can...

Inclusive Policies Advance Dramatically in the States: Immigrants' Access to Drivers' Licenses, Higher Education, Workers' Rights, and Community Policing

"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 record numbers, the 2013 state legislative sessions...

State Responses to DACA Vary

"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 whose parents brought them to the U.S. illegally...

The Laboratories of Democracy: State Initiatives and Promotion of Immigration Reform

"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 the Supreme Court in Arizona v. USA , requires police...

Twelve States and D.C. Support Executive Action on Immigration, File Amicus Brief in Texas v. USA

"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 — Attorney General Bob Ferguson today announced the...

States Are Divided by the Lines They Draw on Immigration

"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,” said Ms. Rosas, 31, whose 4-year-old daughter...

Deciding Who Drives: State Choices Surrounding Unauthorized Immigrants and Driver Licenses

"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 do so as well. As of the summer of...

Roberto Suro: Let States Participate in Immigration Reform

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 for seasonal farm workers caused by State...

LexisNexis Expert: States' Refugee Refusal is Unconstitutional - Stephen W. Yale-Loehr

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, no doubt referring to the Supreme Court...

ORR to States: You Must Assist Syrian Refugees

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 benefits and services to refugees based on a refugee’s...