By: Tessa Winkler*
As January comes to an end, many of us disregard our New Year’s resolutions to practice healthier eating habits and exercise more often. However, for newly elected government officials, 2011 has seen the fulfillment of campaign promises to challenge state immigration policies. In light of federal inaction concerning immigration reform in 2010, state legislators have already introduced over 20 immigration-related bills.
April was an important month for immigration news. April 1st marked Census Day, which saw a big push for all immigrants to participate, with some calling for it to be used to deport undocumented immigrants. However, the month was dominated by the passing of the nation’s toughest immigration law in Arizona. This brought the immigration debate to the forefront of the public forum. With advocacy groups pushing lawmakers to act on immigration reform, a group of Democratic Senators presented an outline of a bill that could eventually be