STATE LEGISLATIVE RESOURCES
Are you fighting an unworkable immigration measure in your state legislature? Are you working with lawmakers to craft an alternative? ImmigrationWorks USA can help.
In the past four years, ImmigrationWorks has collaborated with employers in 22 states to beat back bad immigration bills, promote good ideas and negotiate with lawmakers to improve must-pass measures. Every state is unique, every debate plays out differently. But over the years, we have developed an arsenal of tactics and strategies and learned some hard lessons about what does and does not work.
LEGAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE
The IW legal advisory committee includes some of the best immigration lawyers in the country. Members have served at USCIS, ICE, the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Labor. Together, they bring a wealth of experience with policymaking and litigating immigration in the states. The team is available for consultations with lawmakers and business coalitions – to review pending legislation, point out provisions that will not stand up in court, help craft alternative measures and more.
Dan Brown Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen and Loewy
Lynden Melmed Berry Appleman & Leiden*
Louis Moffa Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads
Bob Sakaniwa American Immigration Lawyers Association
Leon Sequeira Seyfarth Shaw
Patrick Shen Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen and Loewy
Greg Siskind Siskind Susser/VisaLaw International
Anthony Weigel Weigel Law Office LLC
STATE LEGISLATIVE TOOLKIT 2012
IW prepared a packet of resources for the 2012 state legislative sessions.
- A new FAQ on WHO SHOULD MAKE IMMIGRATION LAW – WASHINGTON OR THE STATES. An easy-to-read primer on federalism, preemption, the Supreme Court, what has happened in the courts in recent years and what is likely to happen in the months ahead.
- A new set of talking points on E-VERIFY. Whether you’re crafting a bill, negotiating with lawmakers or issuing a statement to the press, you’ll want to draw on these fundamentals: what kind of worksite enforcement is usable by employers, what has and hasn’t been sanctioned by the Supreme Court.
- A new fact sheet on THE DAMAGE DONE IN THE STATES by misguided state immigration enforcement. The overwhelming majority of employers support immigration enforcement – it’s a critical piece of any reform package. But a patchwork of conflicting federal, state and local law is not workable. And a raft of new enforcement-only statutes is wreaking economic havoc in the states.
BACKGROUND ON FEDERAL PREEMPTION