Tennesseans favor bringing Arizona’s controversial immigration
measure to the state by a 4-to-1 margin, a poll conducted by The
Tennessean and other media outlets found.
Seventy-two percent of voters in the state say they would support
enacting a law that would require people stopped by police to prove they
are in the country legally. Such legislation would be modeled after an
Arizona immigration statute scheduled to go into effect Thursday that
lets police charge people who cannot prove their citizenship status
under the state’s criminal trespassing laws.
Suman Raghunathan, PSN's Immigration Policy Specialist, joined State
Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (AZ) and Laura
of GRITtv to discuss how progressive state legislators across the
nation are fighting back against draconian right-wing anti-immigrant
and advancing common-sense immigration solutions on both the state and
Advocates demanding stricter rules against illegal immigration -- including those backing Arizona's new law clamping down on undocumented immigrants -- have long argued that state lawmakers have been forced to act because of Congress's reluctance to take the lead.
But with little sign that Congress will act on comprehensive immigration reform this year, advocates for immigrants are also taking matters into their own hands. Like their political opponents, they have turned to their state legislatures to fight back.
In states from Pennsylvania to Utah, a battle of bills has been taking place between those who want to reproduce the Arizona law, which hands police more power to detain anyone they suspect of being in the country illegally, and those who want to extend further rights to immigrants.
This Dispatch will outline strategies that include crafting
outreach and education initiatives that integrate city and state
government agencies with grassroots organizations and local media to
ensure 'Hard-to-Count' residents are included in the Census; enacting
state legislation that mandates prisoners are counted in their home
districts rather than in that of their prisons, and proactively
considering principles for redistricting legislative districts that move
beyond uniquely partisan concerns to addressing the needs of district
residents. This Dispatch will also aim to provide some of these
best practices and highlight resources, all with a view toward preparing
states to engage effectively with the 2010 and — looking forward — 2020
In the 11th hour, in what was the last step before HB 2280 would have
been transmitted to the Governor for her approval, Republicans and
Democrats alike in the House of Representatives voted the bill down,
after it had previously been approved in the State Senate.
States across the country are proposing in-state college tuition rates for undocumented students, a move mirrored by Congress' proposed DREAM Act, which was re-introduced at the federal level on March 25th. Currently ten states allow undocumented immigrants to enroll in state colleges and universities under the cheaper in-state tuition rate category: California, Illinois, Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, and Washington. In recent years, anti-immigrant legislators sought to modify or repeal laws providing access to in-state tuition for undocumented immigrants, though they've failed each time. This session, those efforts failed again in Utah and Nebraska. Kansas didn't even bring up repealing it.
JERSEY CITY, NJ — At a press conference this morning, Gov. Jon Corzine
unveiled the results of his Blue Ribbon Panel on Immigration Policy,
which included recommendations for the establishment of an Office on
New Americans to help integrate immigrant families into the state’s
culture and work force. Policy experts at the Progressive States
Network (PSN) were quick to praise the panel’s recommendations, which
they placed within an emerging trend among state lawmakers to include
working immigrant families into plans for shared economic growth.
According to PSN Interim Executive Director Nathan Newman, who authored
a comprehensive 50-state analysis of state immigration policy last
September, “The story that states are rushing out to punish
undocumented immigrants is really a smoke screen. When you look at the
facts, you see that more and more states are finding ways to integrate
immigrants into a growing workforce and thriving small business
community. States like New Jersey realize that there is a far better
economic future in working together than there is in dividing the
population against itself.”