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STATES MOVE ON ILLEGAL WORKERS

July 10, 2006

While Congress struggles to set policy regarding the nation's estimated 12 million illegal immigrants, states have enacted at least 57 laws, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures and a USA Today analysis.

At least 30 states have passed laws or taken other steps this year to crack down on illegal immigrants:

  • A Colorado law enacted in June prohibits awarding state contracts to businesses that knowingly employ illegal immigrants.
  • A Louisiana law approved in June subjects businesses that have state contracts and more than 10 employees to fines if they don't fire workers known to be undocumented.
  • A Georgia bill enacted in April has a phased-in requirement that public employers and government contractors and subcontractors verify information on newly hired workers through a federal program.

Some lawmakers and advocates of stricter immigration enforcement say this flurry of legislation reflects states' mounting frustration with federal officials.

Source: Charisse Jones, "States try to block illegal workers," USA Today, July 10, 2006

 

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