States Crack Down on Illegals

As Congress dithers, a flurry of locals bills targets immigrants
By Dustin Lushing,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 25, 2007 4:40 AM CDT
States Crack Down on Illegals
A child looks at a soldier of the 68th Battalion of the Mexican...   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – States frustrated by Washington's inaction on illegal immigration are taking matters into their own hands with a record number of proposals that prevent immigrants from getting jobs, finding housing and benefiting from social services, the Washington Post reports. At least 1,100 state immigration bills have been proposed, more than double last year's record total.

The actions reflect local politicians' anger at the feds' inability to seal the Mexican border and provisions in the stalled Senate bill that could allow citizenship for up to 12 million illegal immigrants—back on the agenda as early as tomorrow. While the federal government sets policy, it's the states who foot the bill, notes one analyst. (Read more immigrant stories.)

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