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US Immigration Laws State by State


A day after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down most of the state of Arizona's controversial immigration law, we look at similar legislation aimed at cracking down on illegal immigration in other U.S. states.

Since Arizona passed its law in 2010, more than two dozen states have considered Arizona-inspired immigration laws. Like Arizona, many states have also mandated the use of E-Verify - an online system run through the Social Security Administration and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services that allows employers to confirm the immigration status of workers.

States that have passed Arizona-inspired laws:

Alabama: Mandatory E-verify for all employees, inspired by Arizona bill. Requires verification of immigration status for public benefits. Partially blocked by lawsuits.

Georgia: Mandatory E-verify for all employees, inspired by Arizona bill. Requires verification of immigration status for public benefits. Partially blocked by lawsuits.

Indiana: Mandatory E-verify for public agencies inspired by Arizona bill. Mandatory E-verify for state contractors. Requires verification of immigration status for public benefits. Partially blocked by lawsuits.

South Carolina: Mandatory E-verify for all employees inspired by Arizona bill was halted. Laws partially blocked by lawsuits. Requires verification of immigration status for public benefits.

Utah: Mandatory E-verify for all employees. Legislation inspired by Arizona bill passed but enforcement has been blocked by lawsuits. Requires verification of immigration status for public benefits.

States where Arizona-inspired legislation has been introduced but has not passed:

California
Colorado
Florida
Idaho
Illinois
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine
Michigan
Minnesota:
Mississippi:
Missouri
Nebraska
New Hampshire
North Carolina
Oklahoma
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Virginia
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming

States that have not considered Arizona-inspired immigration legislation:

Alaska
Arkansas
Connecticut
Delaware
Hawaii
Maryland
Massachusetts
Montana
Nevada
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Dakota
Ohio
Oregon
Vermont
Washington
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