A NEW REPORT ON IMMIGRATION LAWMAKING IN THE STATES
In June 2012, ImmigrationWorks released its fifth annual report on immigration lawmaking in the states. Timed to appear the week before the U.S. Supreme Court issued its landmark decision on who should make immigration law, Washington or the states, the report found – surprisingly – that state legislators appear to be losing their appetite for immigration enforcement. The number of immigration bills considered in the states declined substantially in 2012. No state enacted law modeled on Arizona's controversial 2010 policing measure. Perhaps most striking, not a single state took advantage of the opening created by last year's Supreme Court decision that states may require employers to enroll in the federal E-Verify program, validating employees' identities and work authorization. Was this year the beginning of the end of the federalist revolution on immigration? The IW report examines what happened in the 2012 legislative sessions and looks ahead to how lawmakers in the states are likely to respond to this year's Supreme Court decision.