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: