A recent report from the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) revealed that a record number of resolutions and laws relating to immigration were passed by states in 2010.
Last year, 208 immigration laws and and 138 resolutions were passed by 46 states and the District of Columbia, according to the NCSL. More than 1,400 laws and resolutions were considered by states in 2010.
William Gheen is the president and spokesman of Americans for Legal Immigration, which supports tougher immigration policies, and he said that he hoped states would pass even more laws this year.
“We are going to pass more immigration enforcement legislation in the states in 2011 than any year prior. And what we don’t get done in 2011 we will get done in 2012,” he told ABC News.
The wave of immigration legislation was in part spurred by Arizona’s introduction of a comprehensive law aimed at reducing the number of undocumented immigrants in the Grand Canyon State. Although the law was passed by the state and signed into law, it has met a number of legal challenges.