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State Immigration Project Update - Friday, November 30th, 2007

The Anti-Immigrant Movement that Failed:

Positive Integration Policies by State Governments Still Far Outweigh Punitive Policies Aimed at New Immigrants

A Report by the Progressive States Network

September 2008

Democrats Plot Electoral Strategy on Immigration

Democratic activists and state lawmakers are working fast to make sure that illegal immigration is not an issue that can be used against them in elections next year, but the debate already is dogging some presidential candidates. 

The Progressive States Network, a liberal advocacy and research group, released a strategy memorandum Thursday that outlines how Democrats can fight the outcry over illegal immigration in 2008. The paper urges Democratic candidates to emphasize the political and economic costs of aggressive anti-immigration proposals and to challenge attempts by Republicans to lump together the issues of illegal immigration and terrorism. The memo is part of the network's ongoing project to shape the immigration debate at the state level next year. 

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Progress Amidst Conflict: California and Illinois Wrap up Sessions

Progress Amidst Conflict: California and Illinois Wrap up Sessions

Monday, October 22nd, 2007

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Illinois Legislative Recap: Progress Amidst Intraparty Warfare

Illinois' session was marked by an ugly showdown between Governor Blagojevich and the legislature that delayed funding for schools and jeopardized federal transportation money, with the Governor even suing his fellow Democrat House Speaker Michael Madigan over the scheduling of special sessions.

Progress Amidst Conflict: California and Illinois Wrap up Sessions

Progress Amidst Conflict: California and Illinois Wrap up Sessions

Monday, October 22nd, 2007

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Municipal Broadband Internet Moving Forward

Municipal Broadband Internet Moving Forward

Thursday, September 27th, 2007

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Municipal Broadband Internet Moving Forward

Municipal Broadband Internet Moving Forward

Thursday, September 27th, 2007

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States Rejecting Bad Immigration Policies

The Illinois legislature recently amended the Right to Privacy in the Workplace Act to prohibit employers from enrolling in the federal Employment Eligibility Verification System (E-Verify), a voluntary program to supposedly identify the employment eligibility of new hires and verify Social Security numbers. The problem is that the system has estimated error rates between 5% and 10% and does not detect identity fraud or theft, inevitably leading to discrimination and unfair treatment of employees misidentified as lacking proper documentation.