In the wake of Congress's 2007 failure to pass comprehensive immigration reform, state authorities have rushed to fill the vacuum, doing the one thing in their power to deal with the broken immigration system: crack down harder – with more aggressive enforcement, new restrictions, and more punitive penalties. The consequences are being felt across the nation, in workplaces and immigrant neighborhoods. But nearly a year later, there are signs that some state lawmakers are questioning this approach, starting to see that while enforcement is a critical piece of the answer that's needed, enforcement alone will not solve the problem.
The New Battleground: Immigration in the States – The Outlook for Business the new report from ImmigrationWorks USA, a national organization advancing immigration reform that works for all Americans – employers, workers and citizens – examines these various state efforts, identifies which ones are effective and constitutionally permitted, and provides a detailed outlook for the future on where these efforts are headed.
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AILA InfoNet Doc. No. 08052169 (posted May. 21, 2008)