314 New Immigration Laws Passed This Year

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Think Arizona’s SB1070 law is tough on undocumented immigrants? Well, not only are several other states currently crafting similar laws, but many are in an immigration law-passing frenzy.  In the first half of this year, 44 state legislatures enacted 314 immigration laws and resolutions—21 percent more than in the same time period in 2009. Here are some of the harshest measures making life really hard for undocumented immigrants nationwide:

Nebraska
Need help feeding your family or making sure you have a healthy pregnancy? Good luck: Immigrants must go through mandatory status checks when applying for government benefits and Governor Dave Heineman recently ended a prenatal care program for pregnant undocumented immigrants. And there’s more crackdown to come: Heineman announced that if reelected this fall, he would push through an SB 1070-like law to make it easier for local cops to arrest illegal immigrants.

Oklahoma
In the Sooner State, babies born to the undocumented basically don’t exist: Under HB 1804, undocumented immigrants are not entitled to birth certificates, or any other form of ID. The law also prevents undocumented students from receiving scholarships and financial aid.

Mississippi
Like laws in other states, the Mississippi Employment Protection Act requires that businesses use the federal E-Verify program to check employees’ immigration status, but it goes a huge step farther, making it a felony for an undocumented worker to accept work in the state on penalty of up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

Minnesota
The state’s recently amented S 460 law makes undocumented immigrants ineligible for general assistance medical care, including health care and consultation.

Missouri
Like all but three states, Missouri makes it illegal for an undocumented immigrant to hold a driver’s license. But it also refuses to recognize driver’s licenses from states where it is not illegal (New Mexico, Washington and Utah).

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Damarys Ocaña Perez,

Damarys Ocaña Perez is Director of Editorial Content at Latina Media Ventures. She leads its magazine, Latina, the pre-eminent beauty, fashion, culture and lifestyle magazine for acculturated U.S. Hispanic women and is responsible for maintaining Latina’s voice, vision and mission across all LMV platforms. Born in Havana and raised in Miami, she lives in Brooklyn with her husband and daughter.

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