State and Local Immigration Project
In 2007, CLINIC developed a new project to support advocates working to address the growing number of anti-immigrant measures proposed and introduced at the state and local levels. After the collapse of comprehensive immigration reform in 2007, approximately 500 immigration related bills were introduced by state legislators. By 2008, the number of proposed immigration-related bills had tripled to 1,562. Nearly every state legislature had introduced a bill related to immigration. Through the project, CLINIC provides legal analysis, training, technical assistance, and support to advocates working to combat anti-immigrant legislation and ordinances, many of which are far reaching and penalize not only the undocumented, but their families, business owners, and others who interact with them. Contact CLINIC staff attorney Christopher Ross at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
State Immigration Legislation: State & Local Policy Map
State & Local Updates
- 5 Ways You Can Help Stop the Detention of Immigrant Families (July 2015)
Overview of 2014 State Legislation (Nov 2014)
- Recent State & Local Immigration Developments (Oct 2014)
Recent State & Local Immigration Developments (Sept 2014)
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Federal/State Enforcement Partnerships: Resources
- Sign-On Letter Opposing New Or Renewed 287(g) Agreements (Nov 2011)
Issues Raised by State Immigration Enforcement
How Do Alabama-Style Immigration Laws Separate Families?
What Are Our Bishops Saying About Immigration Legislation?
Advocacy groups around the country are providing resources on state and local immigration laws and policies. Below are a few resources:
- The National Immigration Law Center engages in policy analysis, litigation, education, and advocacy on state and local issues.
- The Migration Policy Institute (MPI) discusses research and advocacy about state and local issues on its website.
- The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) tracks state legislation related to immigration.
- The National Council of La Raza (NCLR) provides tools for state and local advocates.
- The Pew Charitable Trusts’ Immigration and the States Project examines the intersection of federal, state, and local immigration laws and policies.
- The Immigration Policy Center provides resources for responding to state immigration legislation, in particular, resources on economic contributions.
- The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) has created a guide for state and local advocates and policymakers.