State Governments and Immigration

While our Federal government has recently rekindled after their August recess with immigration reform still on the table, some state governments have begun to address immigration independently. Reid Wilson of the Washington Post looks at the variety of immigration laws and resolutions that have passed thus far in 2013.  From financial aid for college tuition, to state driver’s licenses, 43 states and the District of Columbia have made changes.  Similar to Congress, there is still a divide in ideology between state Republicans and Democrats.  Wilson’s article looks at those who have crossed party lines, and those sticking firmly with their beliefs.

A large part of the national debate addresses border security.  States have not addressed their own border security in these new laws and resolutions.  States have, however, continued to look for support from the federal government, believing it will allow them to do their jobs better.