Immigration Reform in Other States Since Arizona’s SB 1070
A report released by ImmigrationWorks USA is predicting that 25 states may try to pass anti-illegal-immigration laws similar to Arizona’s controversial legislation next year.
The number of states considering legislation modeled after the bill that Arizona GOP Gov. Jan Brewer signed into law this spring (SB1070), seems to be growing. Elise Foley of the Washington Independent previously stated that pro-enforcement groups said 22 states were considering the bill.
Even after a federal judge ruled that key parts of the Arizona law were unconstitutional and enjoined its enforcement in Arizona in July, the new efforts are going forward.
The report says the states most likely to pass a similar next year are Georgia, Mississippi, Oklahoma and South Carolina, while Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and Virginia are being considered “maybes”. In Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio and Rhode Island, the legislation seems less likely to pass.
The report also adds that, from 2006 to 2008, municipalities passed a host of local laws and statutes cracking down on employers hiring illegal immigrants.