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Poll Undergirds N.Y. Senate’s Defeat of Illegal-Alien Tuition Aid

Wednesday, March 26, 2014, 4:11 PM EST

A new poll might seem like a nightmare for proponents of the N.Y. DREAM Act, which would give illegal aliens access to tuition financial assistance. A poll taken during the period when the bill failed in the N.Y. Senate says that 56% of likely voters oppose offering tuition aid to illegal aliens.

Bill Offering Partial Tuition Waivers to Illegal Aliens Passes Florida House

Friday, March 21, 2014, 1:16 PM EST

Legislation passed the Florida House that would give illegal-alien students partial tuition waivers enabling them to pay the same in-state tuition rates as Florida residents. The measure now heads to the Senate where related legislation already squeaked by one committee.

New York State Senate Rejects Tuition Aid Bill

Tuesday, March 18, 2014, 11:11 AM EST

The New York State Senate, surprisingly, voted down a bill on Monday that would allow illegal aliens to receive tuition financial aid at state colleges and universities. The measure received 30 votes in favor with 29 against, but it needed 32 for final passage.

Washington Legislature Clears Tuition Aid Bill for Illegal Aliens

Friday, February 21, 2014, 12:29 PM EST

Washington State legislators cleared for the governor’s consideration a bill that gives illegal aliens access to financial aid at state-run universities and colleges. Gov. Jay Inslee has said he will sign the bill.

DACA Recipients Sue Georgia, Virginia to Get In-State Tuition

Friday, December 27, 2013, 4:00 PM EST

Illegal aliens in Georgia and Virginia are suing higher education agencies in their states to win access to taxpayer-subsidized in-state tuition rates.

Christie Threatens Veto of Tuition Aid Bill for Illegal Aliens

Tuesday, December 3, 2013, 11:12 AM EST

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie announced he would veto a Senate-passed bill (S2479) that would offer taxpayer-subsidized in-state tuition and financial assistance to illegal aliens. Christie objects to the financial aid aspect of the bill, but supports so-called tuition equity for illegal aliens.

68% of Americans Oppose Driver's Licenses for Illegal Aliens

Monday, October 7, 2013, 12:51 PM EST

A new poll from Rasmussen finds that 68% of Americans oppose giving driver's licenses to illegal aliens. The poll comes just a few days after the state with the nation's largest illegal-alien population - California - signed into law a bill that allows illegal aliens to obtain a driver's license.

Illegal-Alien Parents in Los Angeles County Likely to Cost Taxpayers $650 Million

Updated Monday, September 16, 2013, 5:34 PM EST

Los Angeles County officials say that illegal-aliens parents residing in the county with their children will likely receive approximately $650 million of taxpayer-subsidized welfare benefits in 2013.

Colorado Governor Signs In-State Tuition Bill

Wednesday, May 1, 2013, 12:20 PM EST

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper signed a bill on Monday that will allow illegal aliens that graduated from a Colorado high school to be eligible for in-state tuition rates at the state's public colleges and universities.

Montana House passes anti-sanctuary bill

Wednesday, January 23, 2013, 5:16 PM EST

The Montana House passed a bill (HB 50) that would prevent local jurisdictions from declaring themselves illegal-alien sanctuaries. The measure now goes to the Senate for consideration.

Illinois Legislature Clears Driver’s License Bill for Illegal Aliens

Wednesday, January 9, 2013, 11:47 AM EST

The Illinois House sent Gov. Pat Quinn a bill (SB 957) that would give illegal aliens access to driver’ licenses. Quinn said he would sign the measure, which would give licenses to an estimated 250,000 illegal aliens.

Iowa DOT denies driver’s licenses to executive amnesty recipients

Thursday, December 27, 2012, 11:31 AM EST

The Iowa DOT announced it will not give driver’s licenses or state identification cards to illegal aliens who receive executive amnesty under the Obama Administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

Nevada to consider driver privilege cards for illegal aliens

Wednesday, December 12, 2012, 1:24 PM EST

Nevada Senate Majority Leader Mo Denis (D) plans to introduce legislation next session that would give driver’s privilege cards to all illegal aliens residing in the state.

Illinois Senate moves driver’s license bill for illegal aliens

Friday, November 30, 2012, 10:49 AM EST

A committee of the Illinois Senate approved a bill (SB 957) that would give illegal aliens access to temporary driver’s licenses.

Montgomery County, Md. Aids Illegal Aliens Seeking Executive Amnesty

Wednesday, November 28, 2012, 6:00 PM EST

The Montgomery County Council in Maryland voted to spend $100,000 in taxpayer funds to help illegal aliens sign up for the Obama Administration’s executive amnesty. The pro-illegal alien group CASA de Maryland will receive the funding and administer the outreach program.

Fewer Illegal Aliens Turned Over to ICE After Calif. Police Accept Matricula Cards as ID

Monday, November 26, 2012, 3:19 PM EST

Police in Sonoma County California turned over far fewer illegal aliens to ICE last year after law enforcement agencies decided to accept Mexican Matricula Consular cards as valid identification, The Press Democrat reports.

Federal Judge OKs Police Immigration Status Checks in S.C.

Friday, November 16, 2012, 11:51 AM EST

A federal judge ruled on Thursday that South Carolina police officers can now check the immigration status of suspected illegal aliens during a lawful stop.

Michigan Sec. of State Denies Driver’s Licenses to Executive Amnesty Recipients

Tuesday, October 30, 2012, 12:08 PM EST

Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson has decided not to issue driver’s licenses to illegal aliens that obtain deportation amnesty and a work permit under the Obama Administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

L.A. Mayor Wants Official ID for Illegal Aliens

Monday, October 15, 2012, 3:57 PM EST

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has climbed aboard the bandwagon pushing for ID cards for illegal aliens. However under his plan, the card issued would be considered a full-fledged photo ID.

L.A. Police Chief Snubs ICE Detention Requests for Certain Illegal Aliens

Friday, October 5, 2012, 5:20 PM EST

Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck announced his officers would no longer hold or turn over to federal authorities illegal aliens that have been arrested in certain nonviolent misdemeanors.

Farmers Branch Seeks Court OK for Barring Illegal Aliens from Rental Housing

Thursday, September 20, 2012, 2:28 PM EST

Farmers Branch, Texas asked the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals yesterday to uphold a city ordinance that bans illegal aliens from renting in the town. In March, a three-judge panel of the Court invalidated the ordinance. It could take months for the Court to issue its opinion.

71% of New Mexico Voters Oppose State's Policy of Issuing Driver's Licenses to Illegal Aliens

Friday, September 14, 2012, 9:26 AM EST

A new poll conducted by The Albuquerque Journal found that 71% of New Mexico voters oppose the state's law that allows illegal aliens to get a driver's license. The paper found major opposition to the law across all ethnic groups, and only 21% of voters support the law.

L.A. Considering ID Cards For Illegal Aliens

Tuesday, September 11, 2012, 11:17 AM EST

The Los Angeles City Council recently voted to consider a proposal that would turn a library card into a form of ID that illegal-alien residents can use. The card under consideration would enable illegal aliens to open or access bank accounts and sign up for city services.

California Sanctuary Bill Passes; Sheriffs Ask Gov. for Veto

Wednesday, August 29, 2012, 4:10 PM EST

The California legislature cleared a bill that would prohibit police from honoring ICE detention requests unless illegal aliens are convicted of serious or violent felonies. A number of sheriffs are now asking Gov. Jerry Brown to veto the measure.

California OKs Deferred-Action Driver's Licenses As Executive Amnesty Fallout Continues

Friday, August 17, 2012, 3:34 PM EST

A California DMV spokesman said Wednesday that the state will issue driver's licenses to illegal aliens who obtain deferred action under the Obama administration’s executive amnesty.

Justice Department Says Illegal Alien Can’t Practice Law in California

Monday, August 13, 2012, 4:23 PM EST

The U.S. Department of Justice weighed in on a case before the California Supreme Court in which an illegal alien is requesting permission to obtain a law license and practice law.

Mass. Senate Follows House in Overriding Governor’s Rejection of Illegal Alien Vehicle Registration Ban

Friday, July 13, 2012, 11:17 AM EST

The Massachusetts Senate yesterday followed the House’s lead in rejecting Gov. Deval Patrick’s amendments to legislation that requires proof of legal residence when registering a vehicle.

Milford, Mass. Signs Up for IMAGE Workplace Eligibility Program

Wednesday, July 11, 2012, 2:40 PM EST

The Milford, Mass. town council voted unanimously this week to join the ICE Mutual Agreement between Government and Employers (IMAGE) program. A partnership with ICE under IMAGE helps public and private sector employers to avoid hiring illegal aliens and maintain legal work forces.

Nevada Considering Legislation Following the Arizona Model

Friday, July 6, 2012, 10:16 AM EST

A few weeks after the Supreme Court upheld a key provision of Arizona's immigration enforcement law, a neighboring state is looking at legislation following Arizona's lead. Nevada Assemblyman Ira Hansen has submitted bill draft requests that would include the portions of

Supreme Court Invalidates 3 of 4 SB 1070 Provisions, but Allows Police to Check Immigration Status after Lawful Contact

Monday, June 25, 2012, 10:51 AM EST

The Supreme Court today invalidated three of the four provisions of Arizona’s SB 1070 law before the court. In a 5-3 decision in Arizona, et. al. v.

Politifact Says 'Mostly False' to Claim of $400 Million in Georgia Farm Loses Due to Immigration Law

Friday, May 11, 2012, 9:29 AM EST

The Atlanta Journal Constitution's fact check division has determined that a claim made by Georgia labor leader George Fleming about the state's immigration enforcement law is mostly false.

Lower Tuition for Illegal Aliens Bill Fails in Colorado House

Thursday, April 26, 2012, 9:24 AM EST

Colorado Capitol Building
A bill to lower tuition costs in Colorado for illegal aliens died in the House Finance Committee last night. Over the past month, NumbersUSA Colorado activists have been phoning, faxing and emailing state legislatures urging them to not support the bill.

Poll Shows Broad Support for State Immigration Enforcement Law in Alabama

Tuesday, March 20, 2012, 9:35 AM EST

A statewide opinion poll of likely Alabama voters finds broad support for the state's immigration enforcement law, HB 56. The survey of 500 likely voters was conducted by Public Opinion Research and commissioned by Federation of American Immigration Reform (FAIR). 

In-State Tuition Bill for Illegal Aliens Stopped in Indiana

Friday, March 2, 2012, 11:13 AM EST

Members of NumbersUSA and several other state and national pro-enforcement groups defeated initial efforts to pass a measure that grants in-state tuition to illegal aliens already enrolled in state universities.

Mandatory E-Verify Still Stands in Fremont, Neb. After Lawsuit

Tuesday, February 21, 2012, 10:53 AM EST

A judge upheld part a Fremont, Nebraska 2010 ordinance that require all employers to use the federal E-Verify database to ensure employees are legal.  U.S. District Judge Laurie Smith Camp rejected another part of the ordinance that would have denied housing permits to illegal immigrants.   

Florida Senate Committee Votes Down In-State Tuition Bill

Friday, February 17, 2012, 7:55 AM EST

The Florida Senate Judiciary Committee has voted down a bill that would offer in-state tuition rates to illegal aliens who graduate from a Florida high school. This is the second year in a row that DREAM Act-style legislation has failed to reach the State Senate floor.

Florida Billboard Calls Out Gov. Scott on Illegal Immigration

Thursday, February 9, 2012, 8:57 AM EST

A new billboard produced by Floridians for Immigration Control calls out Gov. Rick Scott (R) for the state's failure to adopt an E-Verify law. 

Senators Ask DHS for Response on Cook County's Sanctuary Policies

Tuesday, January 31, 2012, 12:49 PM EST

A group of U.S. Senators asked the Department of Homeland Security to adjust its approach to immigration enforcement in light of Cook County, Illinois' refusal to deny federal detention requests there.

Polls Show that Majority of New Englanders Support Reduced Immigration

Monday, January 30, 2012, 12:16 PM EST

Polling data of likely voters in New England states show that a majority of people believe illegal immigration harms their vital interests and that overall levels of immigration need to be reduced.

States Looking for New Ways to Combat Illegal Immigration in 2012

Thursday, December 22, 2011, 12:21 PM EST

2011 is coming to an end and many state lawmakers have their eyes on curbing illegal immigration in 2012.

Illegal-Alien Activists Drop Challenge to Petition Signatures in Maryland

Thursday, December 8, 2011, 1:33 PM EST

A challenge brought forward by an illegal-alien students and the group Casa de Maryland against an effort to put the Maryland DREAM Act on next year's ballot has been withdrawn. The plaintiffs will no longer challenge the sufficiency and number of petition signatures collected by

California DREAM Act to Cost More than Originally Estimated

Friday, December 2, 2011, 1:07 PM EST

The California DREAM Act, signed by Governor Jerry Brown in October, is going to cost taxpayers a lot more than originally anticipated.

DOJ to Sue Utah Over Immigration Enforcement Law

Monday, November 28, 2011, 1:30 PM EST

Last Tuesday Utah joined Arizona, South Carolina and Alabama as states being sued by the U.S Justice Department for their respective immigration enforcement laws. The U.S. Justice Department filed a lawsuit  against the state of Utah in regards to House Bill 497.

Justice Department Sues South Carolina for Immigration Enforcement Law

Tuesday, November 1, 2011, 5:55 PM EST

The U.S. Justice Department has filed for a temporary injunction in federal court to stop South Carolina's immigration enforcement law from going into effect in January 2012. South Carolina's law, passed earlier this year, would require police officers to ask for proof of immigration

ACLU Sues to Stop South Carolina's New Immigration Law

Thursday, October 13, 2011, 3:54 PM EST

The American Civil Liberties Union filed a federal lawsuit on Wednesday, charging that South Carolina's new immigration law is unconstitutional. The law requires law enforcement to check the immigration status of all people that they detain, including those that

Obama Administration Seeks to Block Alabama Immigration Law

Friday, October 7, 2011, 1:16 PM EST

Attorney General Eric Holder
The federal government asked the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Friday to halt the Alabama immigration law.

Appeals Court to Review Farmers Branch Housing Ordinance

Tuesday, October 4, 2011, 11:32 AM EST

In 2008 the Dallas suburb of Farmers Branch became the first municipality to pass an immigration enforcement law after the city council enacted a law that prohibited landlords from renting to illegal aliens. 

16 Countries Side with Justice Department in Lawsuit Against Alabama

Friday, August 5, 2011, 1:26 PM EST

Sixteen countries, including Mexico, have filed briefs supporting the Department of Justice's lawsuit against Alabama's recently passed immigration enforcement law. In June, the Alabama legislature passed a bill that many believe is tougher than Arizona's SB1070 bill that also

Maryland Voters Likely to Decide the Fate of In-state Tuition Law

Friday, July 8, 2011, 8:06 AM EST

Univ. of Maryland
For the first time in 20 years, Maryland voters will likely decide the fate of a bill passed by the state legislature and signed into law by its governor. A grassroots effort in Maryland has gathered enough signatures to suspend the law and add a referendum to repeal the law to

Utah Republicans Pass Resolution to Repeal State Guest-Worker Program

Tuesday, June 21, 2011, 3:42 PM EST

Delegates attending the Utah Republican State Convention approved a resolution supporting the repeal of Utah's recently passed bill that increases state immigration enforcement efforts, but also creates a guest worker program for illegal aliens already living in the state. The

Tenn. State Senator Drops In-State Tuition Bill for Illegal Aliens

Tuesday, March 25, 2014, 11:18 AM EST

Tennessee state senator Todd Gardenhire, a first-term Republican from Chattanooga, withdrew legislation he sponsored that would have extended taxpayer subsidized in-state tuition to illegal aliens.

Georgia Senate Blocks Bill Allowing DACA Recipients Continued Access to Public Benefits

Wednesday, March 19, 2014, 11:27 AM EST

The Georgia State Senate defeated legislation that would have removed verification requirements in existing state law for non-citizens, including illegal aliens, when renewing certain state benefits illegals began to access after the Obama administration created the DACA program.

Proponents of Referendum Opposing Driver Cards for Illegal Aliens Defeat Measure Undermining it

Monday, March 10, 2014, 5:17 PM EST

Proponents of a referendum that seeks to overturn an Oregon law giving illegal aliens access to driver cards defeated an attempt to undermine the ballot measure.

Fremont, Neb. Votes to Retain Ban on Renting to Illegal Aliens

Wednesday, February 12, 2014, 3:03 PM EST

Voters in Fremont, Nebraska resoundingly defeated an attempt to repeal an ordinance that requires all renters to attest they have legal permission to live in the U.S. Unofficial election results show that the repeal attempt failed by a 60-40 margin.

N.J. In-State Tuition Bill Moves Closer to Gov. Christie's Desk

Friday, December 13, 2013, 8:14 AM EST

A bill being considered in the New Jersey legislature that would allow illegal-alien students who meet certain requirements to receive in-state tuition rates and access to financial aid at state universities and colleges cleared its final hurdle before it will move to the Assembly floor for a final

Ore. Referendum Challenging Driving Privileges for Illegal Aliens Qualifies for Ballot

Monday, October 21, 2013, 3:02 PM EST

The group Oregonians for Immigration Reform succeeded in placing on the ballot a referendum that will allow voters to decide whether a recently-enacted bill giving illegal aliens driving privileges will remain law.

California Governor Signs Bill Giving Illegal Aliens Access to Driver's Licenses

Thursday, October 3, 2013, 5:35 PM EST

Gov. Jerry Brown
Today, Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law a bill (AB 60) that allows illegal aliens to apply for driver’s licenses. The California Department of Motor Vehicles estimates 2 million illegal aliens could apply for licenses under the new law.

California Legislature Clears Anti-Secure Communities Bill

Wednesday, September 11, 2013, 1:14 PM EST

The California Assembly cleared for Gov. Jerry Brown’s consideration a bill (AB 4) that would bar state and local police from holding illegal aliens for deportation under the federal Secure Communities program unless they have been convicted of certain crimes.

Georgia Legislature Closes Loopholes in Immigration-Enforcement Law

Friday, March 29, 2013, 4:51 PM EST

The Georgia Legislature cleared for Gov. Nathan Deal’s consideration SB 160, a bill that closes a number of unintended loopholes in the state’s 2011 immigration-enforcement law. Rep.

State debate continues over denying, rewarding executive amnesty recipients

Thursday, January 10, 2013, 3:40 PM EST

By giving certain illegal aliens executive amnesty, the Obama Administration forced states to decide whether such persons would be eligible for state benefits such as driver’s licenses and taxpayer-subsidized in-state tuition.

Connecticut to issue driver's licenses to executive amnesty recipients

Monday, January 7, 2013, 4:40 PM EST

The office of Conn. Gov. Daniel Malloy confirmed the state will give driving privileges to illegal aliens approved for the Obama Administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. The details are currently being worked out.

ACLU sues Michigan Sec. of State over denying driver’s licenses to DACA recipients

Updated Monday, December 24, 2012, 10:54 AM EST

The Michigan chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union is suing Secretary of State Ruth Johnson on behalf of executive amnesty recipients who have been denied driver's licenses under her interpretation of state law.

Calif. AG says police can ignore federal illegal-alien detainers

Thursday, December 6, 2012, 1:22 PM EST

California Attorney General Kamala Harris issued guidance saying police can choose whether to cooperate with ICE in deporting illegal aliens under the federal Secure Communities program even if ICE considers participation to be mandatory.

Pro-illegal alien groups sue Ariz. over denying driver’s licenses to executive amnesty recipients

Thursday, November 29, 2012, 3:42 PM EST

The ACLU and other pro-illegal alien groups sued Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer today to block her executive order denying driver’s licenses to illegal aliens who get executive amnesty under the Obama Administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

Appeals Court Paves Way for Police Immigration Status Checks in Georgia

Tuesday, November 27, 2012, 12:43 PM EST

Georgia police could soon start conducting immigration status checks after an appeals court decision on Monday.

Mass. Governor Gives In-State Tuition to Some Illegal Aliens

Wednesday, November 21, 2012, 11:18 AM EST

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick directed state colleges and universities to offer taxpayer-subsidized tuition rates and fees to illegal aliens who obtain work permits under the Obama Administration’s executive amnesty.

Immigration Ballot Measures a Mixed Bag

Thursday, November 8, 2012, 1:21 PM EST

Montana voters approved a referendum that will curtail fiscal problems related to illegal immigration while Maryland voters passed an in-state tuition referendum that will add to the state’s fiscal difficulties.

S.C. Reports Immigration-Enforcement Successes

Friday, October 26, 2012, 3:30 PM EST

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley announced that a special immigration enforcement unit conducted successful criminal investigations against illegal aliens in its first few months of operation.

Despite Setbacks, N.M. Governor Continues Fight to Ban Driver's Licenses for Illegal Aliens

Thursday, October 11, 2012, 12:42 PM EST

As part of a lawsuit settlement, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez's Administration will discontinue a program that cancels the driver's licenses of illegal aliens who fail to prove state residency.

Calif. Governor Vetoes Illegal-Alien Sanctuary Bill, Signs Driver’s License Bill

Monday, October 1, 2012, 12:16 PM EST

California Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a bill that would have restricted police from detaining illegal aliens for ICE, but signed another that gives executive amnesty recipients access to driver’s licenses.

Georgia Local Government Agencies Could Face Sanctions For Immigration Law Noncompliance

Wednesday, September 19, 2012, 2:07 PM EST

570 city and county government agencies in Georgia could lose millions of dollars in state loans and grants due to noncompliance with a state immigration law requirement.

Federal Courts Resurrect State Immigration-Law Cases

Wednesday, September 12, 2012, 5:04 PM EST

The U.S. Supreme Court ruling in the Arizona SB 1070 case has cleared the way for lower courts to resume cases involving other state immigration enforcement laws. Action is now pending in the Alabama, Indiana, and Georgia cases.

Calif. Legislature Clears Driver’s License Bill for Deferred-Action Recipients, Punts 'Safe Harbor' Measure

Tuesday, September 4, 2012, 12:46 PM EST

Prior to its recess the California legislature cleared a bill that would give illegal aliens access to driver's licenses if they obtain deferred-action status under the Obama Administration’s executive amnesty.

Federal Appeals Court Affirms Key Provisions of Alabama and Georgia Immigration-Enforcement Laws

Tuesday, August 21, 2012, 2:02 PM EST

In rulings issued yesterday, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Alabama and Georgia are likely to prevail in cases involving laws that allow police to check the immigration status of certain people suspected of crimes.

Arizona Gov. Re-Affirms State Ban on Public Benefits for Illegal Aliens as Federal Executive Amnesty Takes Effect

Thursday, August 16, 2012, 2:44 PM EST

On the day that President Obama's deferred-action amnesty took effect, Ariz. Gov. Jan Brewer issued an executive order re-affirming that amnesty recipients are not eligible for drivers licenses and other public benefits under state law.

Arizona Moves Closer to Implementing Police Immigration Status Checks

Friday, August 10, 2012, 11:52 AM EST

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals this week affirmed the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on Arizona’s SB 1070 law and sent the case to a federal district court for further consideration.

Mass. House Overrides Governor's Rejection of Illegal Alien Vehicle Registration Ban

Thursday, July 12, 2012, 1:42 PM EST

Massachusetts representatives rejected Gov. Deval Patrick's attempt to neuter legislation designed to ban illegal aliens from registering vehicles in the Commonwealth. The measure -- a part of the state budget bill -- now goes to the Senate for consideration.

Poll Says Voters Endorse Police Immigration Status Checks For Their States

Tuesday, July 10, 2012, 3:50 PM EST

In the wake of the Supreme Court decision on Arizona's SB 1070 law and the Obama Administration’s executive “DREAM” amnesty, two-thirds of likely voters say they want their own states to enact police immigration status check laws.

Penn. House Advances Immigration-Enforcement Bills

Monday, July 2, 2012, 3:59 PM EST

The Pennsylvania House passed two measures (Senate Bills 637 and 9) designed to shut off jobs and public benefits for illegal aliens. The bills now return to the Senate for concurrence votes. Legislators anticipate they will be sent to the governor for signature.

N.M. Officials Bust Illegal-Alien ID Fraud Ring

Tuesday, June 12, 2012, 3:53 PM EST

New Mexico investigators busted a large and sophisticated fraud ring that allegedly produced fake documents for illegal aliens who wanted to obtain a state driver's license. The scheme was initially uncovered when a Brazilian illegal alien living in Georgia called the N.M.

House Passes Rep. Black's Amendment to Block Funding for Fed's Lawsuits against States

Wednesday, May 9, 2012, 9:33 AM EST

Rep. Diane Black
The House approved an amendment offered by Rep. Diane Black (R-Tenn.) on Tuesday night that would prevent funding for the Justice Department's lawsuits against state immigration-enforcement laws. The amendment was offered to the 2013 Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations Act that would

Two Central Florida Counties Requiring Contractors to Use E-Verify

Monday, March 26, 2012, 2:43 PM EST

Two Florida counties - Orange and Lake - now require companies to check new hires using the E-Verify system before awarding them a county-funded project. Orange County is the fifth largest county in Florida and the 35th largest county in the United States. 

Minnesota Lawmaker Offers Sanctuary City Legislation

Thursday, March 15, 2012, 7:44 AM EST

Minnesota State Rep. Bob Barrett has offered legislation that would prohibit local municipalities in the state from forbidding its employees from sharing information with federal immigration authorities. The state's two largest cities -- Minneapolis and St. Paul -- are currently sanctuary cities.

Director of ICE Seeks Compromise on Cook County, IL Ordinance

Thursday, March 1, 2012, 9:45 AM EST

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) director John Morton has offered to pay the costs of holding suspected illegal immigrants who are arrested for other crimes in Cook County, IL, as part of an effort to get county officials to reconsider their refusal to cooperate with federal detention reque

MD Judge Rules in Favor of DREAM Act Ballot Initiative

Monday, February 20, 2012, 9:33 AM EST

Anne Arundal County Judge Ronald A. Silkworth issued a ruling on Friday that will allow Maryland voters to decide the fate of the state's DREAM Act.

N.M. House Passes Driver’s License Ban for Illegal Aliens

Thursday, February 9, 2012, 11:00 AM EST

Revisiting an issue important to Gov. Susana Martinez, the New Mexico House of Representatives passed legislation to repeal a state law that allows illegal aliens to get New Mexico driver's licenses. Similar legislation passed the House last year but was blocked in the Senate.

Rep. Black Introduces Immigration Bill Targeting Obama Administration's Lawsuits

Thursday, February 2, 2012, 10:11 AM EST

Rep. Diane Black
Representative Diane Black (R-Tenn.) introduced H.R. 3842, a bill that would stop the Department of Justice and the Obama Administration from pursuing lawsuits against Arizona, South Carolina and Alabama over their state immigration enforcement laws.

Immigration Enforcement Advocate Russell Pearce Voted to a Top GOP Post in Arizona

Tuesday, January 31, 2012, 9:43 AM EST

Russell Pearce
Former state senator and author of Arizona's SB1070 immigration enforcement law and the state's mandatory E-Verify law, Russell Pearce, has been voted by his peers to serve as the state party's 1st Vice Chairman. Pearce lost a recall election last fall, losing both his

New Mexico Governor to Push for Driver's License Ban in 2012 Session

Tuesday, January 17, 2012, 11:12 AM EST

Gov. Susana Martinez
In the upcoming 2012 session, the state legislature in New Mexico will revisit the issue to repeal a 2003 bill which allowed illegal immigrants to obtain drivers licenses in the state. New Mexico is one of three states that allows illegal immigrants to obtain driver's licenses. Since

North Carolina Could be Next to Pass Statewide Immigration Law

Friday, December 9, 2011, 1:22 PM EST

When Arizona passed SB 1070 in April of 2010, it was only a matter of time before other states would also begin their own crackdowns on illegal immigration. States such as Alabama and South Carolina have since passed laws that prevent illegal aliens from jobs and public

Oklahoma State Senator Proposes Guest Worker Program for Illegal Aliens

Tuesday, December 6, 2011, 3:09 PM EST

An Oklahoma State Senator has proposed legislation to create a state guest worker program for illegal aliens. Senator Harry Coates of Seminole, Oklahoma submitted Senate Bill 995 last Monday. The bill is a response to House Bill 1804, which cracked down on illegal aliens across the state.

Legal Immigrants Speak Out Against the Dream Act

Tuesday, November 29, 2011, 10:51 AM EST

Legal Immigrants in Maryland are speaking out against the state's new law that will offer in-state tuition benefits to illegal aliens. According to a report by the Washington Post, many legal immigrants in the state have joined forces with a group leading the

Maryland County Looking to Pass Tough Immigration Enforcement Measures

Tuesday, November 15, 2011, 11:40 AM EST

The President for the Frederick County Board of Commissioners is saying that he wants to enact the toughest immigration policies in the state of Maryland. Blaine Young said he wants to make the county "the most unfriendly county in the state of Maryland to illegal aliens" and the

CA Assemblyman Files for Ballot Initiative to Recall New Legislation

Monday, October 17, 2011, 11:14 AM EST

Tim Donnelly
California Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, who represents a section just west of Los Angeles, has filed paperwork to initiate a ballot initiative that would recall a bill signed into law last week by Gov. Jerry Brown that allows illegal aliens to receive state funded grants to be used for

California Governor Jerry Brown Signs Three Bills Supporting Illegal Aliens

Monday, October 10, 2011, 1:05 PM EST

California Governor Jerry Brown had until midnight Sunday, October 9th, 2011 to act on measures that had made their way through the California Legislature and onto his desk.

Alabama Official Says Tough Immigration Law Resulting in 'Self-Deportation'

Thursday, October 6, 2011, 5:40 PM EST

Employers in Alabama's Marshall County are hiring new workers following the stepped-up federal and state enforcement of immigration laws. "It is amazing to see the effects" as illegal workers leave town, said Chuck Ellis, a member of Albertville’s city council.

Bi-Partisan Immigration Enforcement Bill Offered in Massachusetts

Tuesday, September 27, 2011, 10:55 AM EST

Democrat State Senator Richard Moore and Republican State Senator Bruce Tarr have co-authored a massive illegal immigration enforcement bill in Massachusetts that the two lawmakers hope will come up for a vote during the current session. The bill would deny illegal aliens access to

Justice Department Sues Alabama over Immigration Enforcement Law; Seeks Injunction Before it Goes into Effect

Tuesday, August 2, 2011, 10:33 AM EST

Attorney General Eric Holder
The U.S. Justice Department, on behalf of itself, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of State, and with consultation with the Department of Education, have filed a lawsuit in Alabama federal court challenging the state's efforts to enforce immigration laws. The

FAIR Lists the Most Welcoming Places in America for Illegal Aliens

Tuesday, July 5, 2011, 8:23 AM EST

San Francisco is a sanctuary city
States across the country have taken immigration enforcement into their own hands. From mandatory E-Verify to in-state tuition to driver's licenses and more, states are doing their best to discourage illegal aliens from settling in their states to ensure jobs and resources go to

Texas House Passes Bill to Ban Sanctuary Cities

Wednesday, May 11, 2011, 11:53 AM EST

The Texas State House approved a bill on Tuesday that would bar government entities, including cities, counties, and school districts, from adopting policies that protect illegal aliens from federal prosecution. Currently, both Austin and Houston have passed sanctuary city laws.

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House immigration bill aims at cities

In the News - Thursday, April 19, 2012

The Minnesota House has passed legislation aimed at ensuring all cities enforce immigration laws.

Under the bill, local government officials can no longer restrict employees from sharing immigration data with federal authorities. It also preempts local ordinances that prohibit cooperation in immigration enforcement. Supporters say the bill would help enforce immigration laws. The legislation passed with House with a vote of 77-52.

By Tom Scheck in Minnesota Public Radio

http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/04/19/house-immigration-bill-aims-at-cities/

Most Ala. firms miss immigration goal

In the News - Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Tens of thousands of Alabama businesses have missed a deadline set by the state's strict immigration law to register with a federal database used to verify the citizenship status of job applicants, according to registration numbers.

By Jay Reeves in Associated Press

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jjLcz6t0ejDBDHR_wYLS_ys0kx1g?docId=36ffc9c8ced3441aabb13c5ba12f3b44

Miss. immigration-enforcement bill killed

In the News - Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant says he's disappointed an immigration-enforcement bill died Tuesday when a Senate committee chairman chose not to bring it up for a vote.

From Associated Press

http://www.necn.com/04/03/12/Miss-immigration-enforcement-bill-killed/landing_politics.html?&apID=9fa35cbaf3c14c5799abf719dedcfcd4

Mississippi Immigration Bill Passes House

In the News - Thursday, March 15, 2012

Mississippi lawmakers moved closer to enacting legislation to crack down on undocumented immigrants in the state, though the proposal does not go as far as neighboring Alabama's law, widely seen as the toughest in the nation and now the focus of a court challenger by the Obama administration. 

By Robbie Ward, Reuters, March 2012

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/15/mississippi-immigration-bill-passes-house_n_1348547.html?ref=politics

California immigration crackdown campaign to enlist American Legion members

In the News - Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Continuing a 93-year fight to control immigration, American Legion leaders are rallying military veterans to convince California voters they should require police to enforce federal immigration law.

"This country is for people who are here legally, who are born here, not for people who came here illegally, who kind of snuck in," said Bill Siler, adjutant of California's American Legion branch.

By Matt O Brien -- Contra Costa Times

http://www.mercurynews.com/news/ci_19912256

Commissioner: Lack of labor hurt Georgia farms

In the News - Friday, January 6, 2012

A shortage of workers in the field caused $10 million in crop losses for 500 Georgia farmers who responded to a study called for by Georgia's new immigration law.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution January 3, 2012

http://www.ajc.com/news/commissioner-lack-of-labor-1287760.html

Alabama jobless rate falls amid immigration reform

In the News - Sunday, December 18, 2011

Alabama’s unemployment rate fell at a record pace in November amid stepped-up efforts by President Barack Obama’s deputies to frustrate enforcement of the state’s popular new immigration reform.

The state’s unemployment rate fell 0.6 percent in November to 8.7 percent, according to new state reports, partly because the state’s employers opened up jobs to Americans after shedding illegal immigrants.

The unemployment rate is far below October’s rate of 9.3 percent and September’s rate of 9.8 percent.

DailyCaller.com

http://dailycaller.com/2011/12/18/alabama-jobless-rate-falls-amid-immigration-reform/

Legal immigrants join fight against Dream Act

In the News - Monday, November 28, 2011

Until recently, Maryland’s legal and political battle over in-state tuition has been seen as pitting young illegal immigrants against native residents. But in the past few months, a petition drive by opponents of the measure has attracted a small but growing number of legal immigrants, who say that they, too, are being cheated.

By Pamela Constable -- Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/legal-immigrants-join-fight-against-dream-act/2011/11/22/gIQA9xti2N_print.html

Council Tackles E-Verify Language; Approves COPS Grant

In the News - Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Springfield City Council discussed the ballot language associated with the E-verify ordinance at its Monday night meeting.
Council also discussed when to put the issue to voters: either February 7 or March 6, 2012.
Earlier this year, the Ozarks Minutemen submitted enough signatures to force a public vote.

OzarksFirst.com

http://ozarksfirst.com/fulltext?nxd_id=554587

County contractors required to verify workers' immigration status

In the News - Wednesday, August 3, 2011

San Bernardino County has implemented a policy to require all contractors that do business with the County to use the federal government’s E-Verify system to ensure that their employees are legally authorized to work in the United States.

Vitorville Daily Press

http://www.vvdailypress.com/news/required-29134-san-bernardino.html

Polls

75% of Alabama Voters Support State Immigration Enforcement Law

Support Tougher Enforcement - Monday, March 19, 2012

In a Pulse Opinion Research poll of 500 likely Alabama voters, 75% support HB 56 and 52% say they "strongly support" the law. The poll also found that 54% of Alabama voters want to keep the law on the books and 59% of voters believe it "will free-up jobs for other Alabama workers." 

 

Pulse Opinion Research

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/new-alabama-opinion-poll-shows-broad-support-for-state-immigration-enforcement-law-2012-03-19

Broad Support for Arizona's SB1070

Support Tougher Enforcement - Wednesday, May 12, 2010

A new Pew Research poll reveals that the majority of Americans support most of the provisions offered in Arizona's new immigration enforcement law. Seventy-three percent of Americans believe that individuals should carry proof of legal status, 67% support police being able to detain an individual that can't prove legal status, 62% support police questioning an individual they suspect to be in the country illegally, and 59% support the Arizona law.

Pew Research Center

http://people-press.org/report/613/arizona-immigration-law

55% of Colorado Voters Favor Immigration Law Like Arizona's

Support Tougher Enforcement - Saturday, May 8, 2010

Fifty-five percent (55%) of Colorado voters favor a law like the one just adopted in Arizona that authorizes local police to stop individuals they suspect of being illegal immigrants, according to a new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey in the state. Thirty-five percent (35%) oppose such a law.

Rasmussen Reports

http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/general_state_surveys/colorado/55_of_colorado_voters_favor_immigration_law_like_arizona_s

62% in Florida Favor Arizona-style Law On Illegal Immigration

Support Tougher Enforcement - Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Sixty-two percent (62%) of Florida voters favor a law like Arizona’s that authorizes local police to stop and verify the immigration status of anyone they suspect of being an illegal immigrant.

A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of voters in the state finds that 31% oppose such a law.

Rasmussen Reports

http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/elections2/election_2010/election_2010_senate_elections/florida/62_in_florida_favor_arizona_style_law_on_illegal_immigration

Arizona Voters Favor Welcoming Immigration Policy, 64% Support New Immigration Law

Support Tougher Enforcement - Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Like voters across the nation, most Arizona voters (57%) favor an immigration policy that welcomes all immigrants except “national security threats, criminals and those who would come here to live off our welfare system.” A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Arizona voters finds that just 27% oppose such a welcoming policy.

At the same time, 76% say it is more important to gain control of the border than it is to legalize the status of undocumented workers. Only 19% believe it is more important to legalize the status of undocumented workers already in the country. These views, too, are consistent with national preferences. However, Arizona voters are a bit more focused on border control.

Rasmussen Reports

http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/general_state_surveys/arizona/arizona_voters_favor_welcoming_immigration_policy_64_support_new_immigration_law

60% Favor Letting Local Police Stop and Verify Immigration Status

Support Tougher Enforcement - Monday, April 26, 2010

A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey finds that 60% of voters nationwide favor an Arizona-style law, while 31% are opposed.

Seventy-seven percent (77%) of Republicans support the law along with 62% of voters not affiliated with either major party. Democratic voters are evenly divided on the measure.

Rasmussen Reports

http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/current_events/immigration/nationally_60_favor_letting_local_police_stop_and_verify_immigration_status

70% of Arizona Voters Favor New State Measure Cracking Down On Illegal Immigration

Support Tougher Enforcement - Wednesday, April 21, 2010

A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey finds that 70% of likely voters in Arizona approve of the legislation SB1070, while just 23% oppose it.

Opponents of the measure, including major national Hispanic groups, say it will lead to racial profiling, and 53% of voters in the state are concerned that efforts to identify and deport illegal immigrants also will end up violating the civil rights of some U.S. citizens. Forty-six percent (46%) don’t share that concern

Rasmussen Reports

http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/elections2/election_2010/election_2010_senate_elections/arizona/70_of_arizona_voters_favor_new_state_measure_cracking_down_on_illegal_immigration

Gannett Poll Finds NJ Residents Oppose Rewards for Illegal Aliens

Oppose Rewards for Illegal Migration - Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Sixty-two percent of state residents oppose granting illegal immigrants some type of limited driver's license, according to a Monmouth University/Gannett New Jersey poll.

Only 32 percent said children of illegal immigrants deserved in-state tuition rates, while 20 percent favored the lower rates for illegal immigrants themselves.

http://www.courierpostonline.com/article/20090324/NEWS01/903240343/1006/