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.
By: James Porter
This July was one of the hottest on record across the country. Also hot in July was immigration, thanks in part to the continued focus on Arizona’s immigration law. The Obama administration’s challenge of Arizona’s law saw part of it overturned, while the rest went into effect at the end of the month. Additionally, President Obama gave his first major speech on immigration to mixed reviews from those on either side of the debate. Overall, the month certainly saw an increase in anti-immigrant rhetoric such as a list of supposed undocumented immigrants that was sent to government officials in Utah. As we rapidly head towards mid-term elections in the fall, it will be interesting to see what role immigration will play. These stories and more were the most read immigration related news items for July.