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Protect Privacy of Users of Public Benefit Programs

Overview

State leaders can highlight the lost privacy that anti-immigrant witchhunts engender by pursuing policies and resolutions that limit questioning and recording of immigration status by city and state agencies, except where required by federal law. 

  • Texas proposed HB 2381 to prohibit an officer, employee, or medical staff member of a general hospital to inquire as to the immigration status or nationality of a person who needs or receives emergency services, unless the information is necessary to provide those services to the person.
  • New York's proposed SB 6738 would prohibit state officers or employees from disclosing a person's immigration status.

New PSN Report: The Anti-Immigrant Movement that Failed

Today, the Progressive States Network is releasing a new report: The Anti-Immigrant Movement that Failed: Positive Integration Policies by States Still Far Outweigh Punitive Policies Aimed at New Immigrants.   The Executive Summary is available online, as well as the full report in PDF and HTML format.

State Immigration Project: Policy Options for 2009

Download a copy of the reports in PDF format here.  View the HTML version of the report here.