State Immigration Enforcement

Citizens Count Editor

There is some belief that states, not the federal government, should have more say over immigration policies.

As has been widely reported, Arizona addressed the issue on its own.  A law passed there in 2010 requires local police to ask an individual for proof of citizenship or legal residency during a lawful traffic stop, detention or arrest. 

Those in favor of state enforcement of federal immigration laws argue that there are too many illegal immigrants for the federal government to find on their own.  Supporters of state enforcement note that local law enforcement officers already come across illegal immigrants on a daily basis, for example during traffic stops.  If the federal government cannot stop illegal immigration, then states and municipalities have the right and the duty to step in.

Those against state enforcement of federal immigration laws argue that local police do not have the authority to enforce federal laws. Opponents of state enforcement also argue that requiring local police to question immigration status would undermine trust and cooperation between immigrant communities and the police.  Lastly, opponents argue that local law enforcement is often already struggling to meet the needs of their communities without the additional burden of enforcing immigration laws.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY

Killed in the House

Requires that drivers’ licenses and nondrivers’ identification cards indicate whether or not the holder is a citizen.

Interim Study

Prohibits the University System of New Hampshire (USNH) and the Community College System of New Hampshire (CCSNH) from distributing any state-funded financial assistance to any student who has failed to demonstrate legal residency in New Hampshire. This bill also limits adult education programs to legal residents.  The Senate amended the bill to only limit adult education programs to legal residents.

Killed in the House

Prohibits New Hampshire government from using private prisons. This bill also regulates immigration detention facilities, for example prohibiting the use of a private contractor for a detention facility.

Tabled in the House

Prohibits the state from distributing any federal funds to a municipality that has adopted an ordinance stating that it will not cooperate with federal law enforcement or immigration enforcement.

Killed in the House

Establishes in-state tuition rates for some illegal/undocumented immigrants who are New Hampshire residents.

Killed in the House

Requires public employers to participate in the E-Verify system of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Signed by Governor

Requires employers to keep documentation of each employee's eligibility to work in the United States.

Interim Study

Establishes in-state tuition rates for some illegal/undocumented immigrants who are New Hampshire residents.

Killed in the House

Requires public employers to verify an employee's eligibility to work in the United States.

Killed in the House

Requires public employers to verify an employee's eligibility to work in the United States.

Signed by Governor

States that only United States citizens may receive in-state tuition at the University of New Hampshire.

Killed in the House

Calls for a study of the effect of illegal immigration in New Hampshire.

Killed in the House

Requires state and local law enforcement officers to verify the immigration status of anyone detained by law enforcement.

Killed in the House

Requires employers to participate in the E-Verify system of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Passed House and Senate

Resolution stating New Hampshire's support for Arizona's strict law against illegal/undocumented immigrants.

Should NH do more to enforce federal immigration laws?

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Comments

Alan Fraize
- Deerfield

Tue, 07/03/2018 - 10:14am

fallow the federal law's.if your here illegally you should be prosecuted as a felon.no country in the world would let you into there country without knowing who you are.to many drug dealers an criminals coming here an if you send your unaccompanied children here they should be sent back.An stop all welfare for anyone here illegally START FOLLOWING THE LAWS OF OUR NATION.AN STOP TRYING TO MAKE YOUR OWN WITHOUT GOING THRU CONGRESS

Jackie Benson
- Kensington

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 9:24am

The Trump administration claim it is only enforcing the law when separating minor immigrant children from their parents, but they have made a choice to interpret the law as they have and implement this policy. It is doing irreparable harm to these children, and goes against everything America should stand for. New Hampshire should do everything in its power to oppose the separation of families.

Rich Magoon
- Loudon

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 12:40pm

Immigration Reform is like eating an elephant, its best leaving it alone. We have a system that appear to work, abet poorly.

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Neil Levesque
- Henniker

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 11:04am

One of the main issues facing the current Obama administration is Immigration reform. While ideas have been expressed on both sides, a concrete and over-arching plan has yet to be determined.

As New Hampshire's Home for Politics, the New Hampshire Institute of Politics & Political Library seeks to explore issues, like immigration, in a non-partisan, open and civil manner.

This Friday the 15th, we will be joined by Jose Jorge Mendoza, a professor at Worcester State University, who will discuss his interpretation of the Philosophy of Immigration.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, go here.

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