Messaging Resource: How to Talk About the Burdensome, Job-Killing E-Verify Mandate

E-Verify is a federal pilot employment-verification system that filters a worker’s identification information through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Social Security Administration (SSA) databases---in theory, flagging as ineligible any worker whose information doesn’t match up with federal records. This controversial system has become a go-to talking point for anti-immigrant officials intent on a misguided “self-deportation” policy, which does nothing to address the root causes of America’s broken immigration system.

State Economies Stand to Gain From American Jobs Act

Research Roundup: Better Jobs, the State of the Economy for Working Families, Increasing National Poverty and More

In this week’s Research Roundup: Reports from Demos on a better jobs plan for the nation, the West Virginia Policy Center and North Carolina Justice Center on the state of the economy for working families, the Commonwealth Fund on the latest status of state health insurance exchange legislation,  the U.S.

PSN 2011 Immigration Roundup: AZ Copycat Bills Fail, Common-Sense Policies Advance, and State Economies Hang in Balance

PSN 2011 Immigration Roundup: AZ Copycat Bills Fail, Common-Sense Policies Advance, State Economies Hang in Balance

As comprehensive immigration reform remained stalled in Washington, D.C. in the first half of 2011, common-sense state legislators across the nation took up the fight in their legislative sessions, defeating expensive and misguided enforcement bills that targeted undocumented immigrants and their families. Despite the deluge of SB 1070 copycat bills promised by anti-immigrant groups, attempts to mimic Arizona’s anti-immigrant law largely failed, as did a far-right effort to rewrite the U.S. Constitution by revoking citizenship for children born in the United States. Encouragingly, state legislative sessions saw a wide variety of innovative and common-sense proposals that sought to expand opportunity for all residents, both immigrant and native-born, through approaches emphasizing access to education, workforce development, and community policing.

The Worst of 2011 in the States: 14 Harmful, Dangerous Bills You May Not Have Noticed

The Worst of 2011 in the States: 14 Harmful, Dangerous Bills You May Not Have Noticed

Beginning almost immediately with the gaveling-in of sessions in January, newly empowered conservatives unleashed a torrent of attacks aimed directly at workers, women, children, immigrants, historically disenfranchised populations, and the very existence of the middle class. Coordinated multi-state efforts like the assault on collective bargaining, extremist restrictions on reproductive rights, broad Arizona-style attacks on immigrants, and attempts to institute new barriers to voting through Voter ID requirements all repeatedly made national news.

Research Roundup: Health Exchanges, Medicaid Cuts, E-Verify, Pensions and Paid Sick Days

In this week’s research roundup: reports by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities examining specific protections states can adopt to limit adverse selection in the state health care exchanges, surveying proposed or enacted state exchange legislation from 2011 legislative sessions and analyzing how cuts in state budgets jeopardize the economic recovery, studies by the Center for American Progress noting how states are leading the charge in enacting tuition equity legislation and identifying the true costs of the controversial E-Verify immigratio

State Immigration Project Update-Progressive Legislators Challenging Anti-Immigrant Movements

We have much to report in this Update from the State Immigration Project, and not only in response to Arizona’s recent anti-immigrant law (SB 1070) and its aftermath.
  • A broad network of elected officials, State Legislators for Progressive Immigration Policy (SLPIP), continues to grow and now includes legislators from twenty nine states;
  • Despite considerable mainstream media coverage of anti-immigrant proposals, state legislators are advancing pro-immigrant legislation and have largely blocked anti-immigrant bills being pushed in the wake of Arizona’s law;
  • A federal judge has blocked implementation of most provisions of SB 1070;
  • Based on state policy models, the federal DREAM Act to support a path to legalization and access to higher education for immigrant youth continues to gain support;
  • A wide range of policy and polling resources have been released that support pro-immigrant action from legislators and advocates.

2010 Legislative Session Roundup: Kentucky

Although the General Assembly met this year in regular session from January-April, the session was overshadowed by negotiations over how to resolve a $1.5 billion budget gap in 2011 and 2012.  Governor Steve Beshear’s initial proposal to close the shortfall relied heavily on new revenue from the expansion of gaming.  The House agreed to support the increase in gaming revenue, but Senate leadership refused to consider it.