The New York Times recently reported that while many state legislatures have introduced immigration bills in their most recent sessions, a large numbers of these proposals have been slow to advance.
The news source reports that even in states where the government is controlled by Republicans, such as Oklahoma and Kansas, immigration bills have met strong opposition.
“We saw tremendous momentum against us,” executive director of immigrant advocate group OneAmerica Pramila Jayapal told the news source. “But there was a realization that the debate was very divisive, and it was not going to solve the immigration problem.”
Many states have attempted to enact immigration legislation similar to what was passed by Arizona last year, which mainly requires that law enforcement agents inquire about suspects’ immigration status if they believe they may be in the country illegally. However, only the Grand Canyon State has successfully passed such legislation, according to the Times.
Even Arizona’s immigration enforcement efforts have been hampered as their law has been met with a large number of legal challenges from both the federal government and immigration advocacy groups.