Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Lack of federal action on immigration reform fuels state measures

Activist organizations are overwhelmed by the number of bills being introduced at the state and local levels in states such as Arizona, Oklahoma and New Jersey.

In 2005, approximately 300 immigration bills were introduced in state legislatures, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Last year, the number of such bills soared to 1,562. During the first three months of this year, lawmakers proposed 1,106 laws pertaining to immigrants.

The proposed immigration laws cover topics ranging from education and employment to driver’s licenses and human trafficking. Many proposals extend local law enforcement’s responsibilities to include enforcing federal immigration laws.

Associated Press