With a 180-degree change of policy direction at the national level and all of our expectations of broad reforms from a new Federal administration, we often forget that there are 50 other legislatures passing laws that may affect immigrants and employers. 08
The National Conference of State Legislatures produces comprehensive information about issues and activities taken up by the individual states. 5505
Here is a PDF document summarizing the record number of immigration-related state-level bills and resolutions for 2009.
“In the first quarter of 2009, state legislators in all 50 states introduced 1,040 bills and resolutions relating to immigrants and refugees. This is comparable to the record numbers of bills and resolutions introduced during the first quarter of 2008, with 44 states considering 1,149 bills and resolutions pertaining to immigrants.”
150 of those 1000-plus state laws relate to immigrant employment issues. The main areas of interest among these are employment-eligibility verification enforcement (E-Verify), immigrant eligibility for unemployment insurance, and foreign worker visas.
Among the states in the report’s list, employment was an area of broad interest, with employment-related legislation being considered in 41 of the 44 states.
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