Political rhetoric over immigrants prompts new wave of legislation
A series of immigration-related bills proposed in the state Legislature have once again spurred protests and threats by immigrant rights groups to resume an Arizona boycott.
And Arizona is not alone. Amid the national rhetoric regarding immigrants, bills are cropping up across several states. By the end of 2015, the number of enacted legislation dealing with immigration jumped by 26 percent with 216 laws, compared to 171 in 2014, the National Conference of State Legislature reported.
Nationwide, terrorist attacks or violent crimes committed by immigrants have contributed to this type of legislation, said Ann Morse, the program director for the Immigration Policy Project at the National Conference of State Legislatures, which supports and analyzes state legislatures.
“But the laws often do not address the nuanced issues involved,” she said.