More than two-and-a-half times as many bills pertaining to immigration have been introduced in state legislatures this year than last year; more than twice as many laws have actually been enacted. These laws, as detailed by the National Conference of State Legislatures, address illegal immigration in several categories, including employment, access to public benefits, education and driver's licenses.
The sheer number of bills introduced — 1,404 between January and July — testifies to the size of the void Congress created. All 50 legislatures have considered illegal immigration-related bills this year; 41 states have enacted 170 immigration-related laws.
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