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State & Local Enforcement


State & Local Laws, Legislation & Resolutions

Status of Arizona- and Alabama-inspired Legislation  |  Differences Between the Alabama and Arizona Racial Profiling Laws  |  Utah: Going Down Arizona’s Unconstitutional Path  |  The Anti-Immigrant Movement that Failed: Positive Integration Policies by States Still Far Outweigh Punitive Policies Aimed at New Immigrants


South Carolina's SB 20  |  Georgia's HB 87  |  Alabama's HB 56  |  Indiana's SB 590 & HB 1402  |  Utah's HB 497  |  Arizona's SB 1070  |  Orleans Parish Sheriff for Illegal Immigration Holds  |  City of Farmers Branch, Texas  |  City of Hazleton, Pennsylvania

Testimony for Congressional Hearings

Hearing on H.R. 2278, Strengthen and Fortify Enforcement (SAFE) Act  |  Hearing on “Examining the Constitutionality and Prudence of State and Local Governments Enforcing Immigration Law”  |  Hearing on “Ending Racial Profiling in America”

Police Chiefs on Enforcement of Immigration Law by Local and State Officials

Statements by law enforcement officials, as well as other information about how police chiefs and their colleagues view mandates that require them to enforce immigration laws.

Inclusive Policies Advance Dramatically in the States: Immigrants' Access to Drivers' Licenses, Higher Education, Workers' Rights, and Community Policing

In places where earlier waves of anti-immigrant activism produced restrictive policies, residents increasingly find that the policies are unworkable legally, practically, and politically, which is motivating them to explore more inclusive alternatives. (Report published Sept. 2013.)

Action & Advocacy Resources