As this Dispatch will detail, after considerable media hype about Arizona-style bills sweeping across the nation, the reality is that from from Nevada to Arkansas to Massachusetts to Kansas and Rhode Island,
anti-immigrant bills and ballot initiatives largely didn't move or
failed to make this fall's ballot. A key reason: most state leaders
and police chiefs recognize that requiring local governments to assume
immigration enforcement responsibilities from the federal government
will distract them from fighting violent crime and undermine trust with
local residents that are essential to successful community policing.
area where the public has great sympathy for extending public benefits is to
immigrant victims of trafficking, domestic violence, and other serious
California SB 1569, and North
make public social service benefits available to victims of trafficking,
domestic violence, and other serious crimes.
proposed a resolution to have the state investigate existing obstacles, in
statute, rule, or policy, that limit or deny benefits to victims of
trafficking and assist such victims in attaining needed services.