State-Based Immigration Bills Slowly Trickling In

The slew of pre-filed immigration-enforcement bills that piled up in the House clerk’s office ahead of the 82nd legislative session seems like an anomaly today.

In November 2010, two months before the 82nd session’s members were sworn in, dozens of such bills were filed on the first day of pre-filing. They included bills on repealing birthright citizenship, requiring school districts to report the immigration status of their students, and making the use of the electronic employment verification system, or E-Verify, mandatory.

But a week after lawmakers were first allowed to pre-file legislation ahead of the 2013 session, only ...

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