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State and Local Immigration Project

Since 2007, CLINIC has been providing policy, engagement, and research support to advocates who are working on immigration legislation proposed and introduced at the state and local level. As efforts for immigration reform at the federal level continue to be delayed, state and local communities have been increasingly active on immigration-related matters.

For example, after the collapse of comprehensive immigration reform in 2007, approximately 500 immigration related bills were introduced by state legislators with 270 measures enacted. During the 2017 state legislative session, lawmakers in nearly all 50 states enacted more than 300 immigration-related laws within the first half of the year. The laws addressed critical immigration topics, including local police participation in federal immigration enforcement, anti-sanctuary policies in schools and local government, as well as refugee resettlement.

Through the State and Local Immigration Project, CLINIC provides legal analysis, training, technical assistance, and support to advocates working to both combat anti-immigrant legislation and ordinances, and to support pro-immigrant measures. Contact CLINIC advocacy attorneys, at for more information.


State and Local Updates

Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 1:33pm

This resource provides general information about the standby guardianship process, its importance for immigrant families, and offers talking points for why more states should enact standby guardianship laws and make them accessible to immigrant parents.

Thursday, August 22, 2019 - 1:35pm

This report discusses state legislative action on immigration, focusing on key measures CLINIC affiliates addressed in their respective jurisdictions.

Thursday, August 22, 2019 - 1:34pm


Tuesday, July 17, 2018 - 12:26pm

This analysis provides an overview of federal court’s ruling on critical issues in the United States v. California case and what it means for the local community. 

Thursday, August 31, 2017 - 4:05pm

A federal court judge has ruled against Texas in the landmark case, City of El Cenizo et al v. Texas regarding the state’s anti-immigrant law, commonly known as SB4.

Friday, August 4, 2017 - 11:44am

This resource provides talking points for why states should enact laws that protect your community against notario fraud and other harmful immigration services.

Thursday, June 22, 2017 - 11:48am

A toolkit with ideas for working with your local officials on immigrant integration

Wednesday, December 14, 2016 - 3:56pm

Civic engagement helps ensure the voices of the public are heard. This resource outlines how to stay up to date with your state legislative process and make sure yours is too.

Available in English.

Monday, August 15, 2016 - 10:54am

This resource outlines the kinds of identification cards used by undocumented immigrants and their benefits to the community.

State Immigration Enforcement

Tuesday, June 4, 2019 - 2:29pm

This resource provides an overview of the federal E-Verify program, its challenges, as well as state and local laws requiring employers to use the program. It discusses gaps in state E-Verify laws and recommends alternatives to strengthen state economies and the workforce.

Monday, January 9, 2017 - 11:41am

This resource highlights the benefits of expanding access to state identification cards and driver’s licenses for all residents. Use this tool to advocate for inclusive policies in your state. 

Monday, October 3, 2016 - 12:31pm

This updated resource provides additional statistics related to the financial contributions undocumented immigrants make to local economies, as well as public policy arguments to support immigrant-friendly communities.

Monday, August 8, 2016 - 2:32pm

This resources was created to understand immigration detainers and their impact on communities.

Monday, March 14, 2016 - 11:25am

This toolkit was created to help understand refugee resettlement.

Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 11:09am

Read five facts about state mandatory e-verify laws.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 12:21pm

A webinar outlining the recent enforcement efforts in the United States and a call to action for individuals.

Thursday, August 6, 2015 - 9:44am

We are called to show hospitality to newcomers. Placing non-criminals in detention is not in line with that value, nor does it realize refugees’ God given human rights.

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Additional Resources

National advocacy groups provide other resources on state and local immigration laws and policies. Below are a few resources:

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 Pew Charitable Trusts’ Immigration and the States Project examines the intersection of federal, state, and local immigration laws and policies.