2014 Report on State Immigration Laws (Jan.-June)

Source: National Conference of State Legislatures, Immigrant Policy Project, August 12, 2014

From the press release:
Lawmakers in statehouses across the United States have approved 132 immigration-related laws so far this year, representing a nine percent decline since 2013, according to a report issued by the National Conference of State Legislatures. As of June 30, legislators in 41 states and the District of Columbia enacted 132 laws and 84 resolutions related to immigration, for a total of 216. During the same time period in 2013, legislators approved 146 laws and 231 resolutions, for a total of 377. According to the report, this decrease is due in part to four states not holding legislative sessions in 2014, notably the state of Texas, which enacted 101 laws and resolutions in 2013 alone. While the numbers of state laws and resolutions are down, states continue to consider immigration issues in a range of policy areas, notably budgets, law enforcement, employment and driver’s licenses….