Just saw these eye-opening numbers in a new report from the National Conference of State Legislatures:
In the first six months of 2010, state legislators introduced 1,374 bills and resolutions in 46 states relating to immigrants and refugees. This number is comparable to the first half of 2009, when 50 states considered more than 1,400 bills and resolutions pertaining to immigrants. An additional 10 bills are pending Governor's approval.
According to the report, every state in regular session addressed immigration issues in their legislatures in 2010. As of June 30, bills similar to Arizona's SB 1070 had been introduced in five states: South Carolina, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Rhode Island and Michigan.
The report also charts this dramatic rise in immigration-related state bills over the past few years:
* In 2005, 300 bills were introduced, 38 laws were enacted and 6 vetoed
* In 2006, 570 bills were introduced, 84 laws were enacted and 12 resolutions adopted.
* In 2007, 1,562 bills were introduced, 240 laws were enacted and 50 resolutions adopted.
* In 2008, 1,305 bills were introduced, 206 laws were enacted and 64 resolutions adopted.
* In 2009, more than 1,500 bills were introduced, 222 laws were enacted and 131 resolutions adopted.
Just in bills introduced, that's a five-fold increase over a four year period.