More States Toss Costly Immigration Legislation in Final Days of Session » Immigration Impact
As many state legislative session wrap up for the year, more lawmakers are jumping ship on controversial enforcement measures targeting undocumented immigrants. Whether they are under pressure from business groups, conflicted over the bills’ substance, or realize that these measures will cost their state millions in legal challenges, implementation expenses and tourism revenue, lawmakers are not finding the same appetite for “get tough” enforcement legislation as they did last year.
This month, Florida’s Legislature failed to pass SB 2040. This week, Oklahoma’s House shot down HB 1446. Tennessee’s House Budget Committee delayed their “get tough” immigration bill (HB 1380) this week.
And in Michigan, Gov. Rick Snyder recently told the Chamber of Commerce that an Arizona-style enforcement bill would “encourage a divisive atmosphere” and that the state doesn’t need it. Michigan state Rep. Dave Agema introduced Arizona-style HB 4305 in February.