How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

A record year for state immigration legislation

The National Conference of State Legislatures has announced that in the first half of 2011, state legislators introduced a whopping 1,592 immigration-related bills and resolutions relating to immigrants and refugees in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. Only a fraction became law, of course, and there has been a dip lately in the number of laws enacted, but it's still an eye-opener.

Why is this happening? Stay tuned for more later. From the report:

In the first half of 2011, state legislators introduced 1,592 bills and resolutions relating to immigrants and refugees in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. The number of bill introductions is an increase of 16 percent compared to the first half of 2010, when 46 states considered 1,374 bills and resolutions pertaining to immigrants.

As of June 30, 2011, 40 state legislatures enacted 151 laws and adopted 95 resolutions for a total of 246. 44 state legislatures passed 191 laws and adopted 128 resolutions, for a total of 314. An additional five bills were vetoed.

" www.ncsl.org

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