State Legislatures Taking On Immigration

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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, August 7, 2007

The report by the National Conference of State Legislatures says the number of immigrant related bills around the country jumped more than 240-percent compared to last year.  Sheri Steisel directs Immigration Policy for the organization.  She says every state has had legislation introduced on the subject. 

 “Its states like Kansas and Oklahoma and Georgia,, not only California, and Texas and Florida and New York. This is really a fifty state issue…”

Steisel says the absence of federal legislation is driving states to deal with the impacts of immigration.  She says an example is the healthcare debate in California that centers on coverage of undocumented children.

 In other states identification and documentation requirements are an area of focus.  Prohibiting employers from hiring illegal immigrants is another prominent issue.