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April 18, 2011 - 7pm
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Community College

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May 4, 2011 - 5:30pm
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329 N. 5th Street Reading, PA

May 18, 2011 - 7pm
at Hope UCC
1031 Flexer Avenue
Allentown

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    Immigration and Public Policy


    Pennsylvania Legislation

    The following immigration-related bills have been introduced in the 2011-2012 legislative session. In practice, these bills would affect not only undocumented immigrants, but also some legal permanent residents and U.S. citizens.
    Bill Number     and     Description
    (Senate Bills followed by House Bills)
    Lead
    Sponsor
    Assigned Committee
    (see notes [1], [T], [2], [3])

  • SB 9 - government issued ID for public aid
  • Scarnati House approval pending after House & Senate amendments
    (passed House on 6/21/12)
    (passed Senate on 5/24/11)
  • SB 637 - public works projects required to use E-Verify
  • Ward Signed into law 7/5/2012
    as Act 127
  • SB 515 - mandatory determination and reporting of citizenship & immigration status for anyone arrested
  • OrieJudiciary
  • SB 737 - Pa. enforcement of U.S. immigration law
  • RaffertyLaw and Justice
  • SB 947 - employers/contractors required to use E-Verify
  • RaffertyLabor and Industry

  • HB 41- government issued ID for public aid
  • Marsico State Government
  • HB 355 - Prohibits sheltering illegal aliens
  • Readshaw State Government
  • HB 361- English as the official language of PA
  • Swanger State Government
  • HB 379- E-Verify for state contractors
  • Galloway State Government
  • HB 380- E-Verify for construction employers
  • Galloway full House [T]
  • HB 439 - sanctions for employing illegal aliens
  • Mustio Senate State Government
    (passed House on 11/15/11)
  • HB 474 - denies citizenship rights of 14th Amendment
  • Cox State Government
  • HB 526 - longer sentences for crimes by illegal aliens
  • Reichley Judiciary
  • HB 659 - English as the official language of PA
  • Barrar Education
  • HB 738 - local enforcement of US immigration law
  • Metcalfe State Government
  • HB 798 - requires check of immigration or citizenship status for all arrests
  • Creighton full House [T]
  • HB 799 - enable State Police to enforce immigration laws
  • Creighton State Government
  • HB 801 - requires local government enforcement of immigration laws
  • Creighton State Government
  • HB 809 - verify status of anyone who applies for benefits
  • Perry State Government
  • HB 810 - financial penalties against sanctuary cities /towns
  • Perry State Government
  • HB 856 - arrest/felony charge for transporting illegal aliens
  • Kauffman Senate Judiciary
    (passed House on 5/9/12)
  • HB 857 - Commonwealth Citizenship Act
  • Metcalfe State Government
  • HB 858 - prohibts hiring illegal aliens and requires documented use of E-verify
  • Metcalfe State Government
  • HB 865 - makes sanctuary cities liabiable for alien crimes
  • Knowles full House [T]
  • HB 888 - English as the official language of PA
  • Perry State Government
  • HB 1024 - impose $5000 fine for hiring illegal aliens
  • DeLuca Judiciary
  • HB 1789 - requires verification of citizenship/immigration status for children in foster care
  • Youngblood Children & Youth

    [1] - on FIRST CONSIDERATION, a bill is introduced and assigned to committee.
    [T] - BILL TABLED following FIRST CONSIDERATION (HOUSE)     See House Calendars
    [2] - SECOND CONSIDERATION - this bill is scheduled for debate and amendments before the full
          HOUSE or SENATE.    See House Calendars or Senate Calendar.
    [3] - THIRD CONSIDERATION - this bill is scheduled for final vote in HOUSE or SENATE.
          See House Calendars or Senate Calendar.

    Resources on Legislative Issues

    Background Commentary from Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalition
    (last updated June 2011)

    Background: What's Behind Anti-Immigrant Legislation

    • Center for New Community - research and reports on the origin and consequences of anti-immigrant legislation in Pennsylvania and nation-wide.
    • Kris Kobach - the man behind anti-immigrant legislation (NPR)

    Constructive Immigration Reform

    Immigration is controlled by federal law, so that only the U.S. Government can implement comprehensive immigration reform; but there are some constructive things that states can do.

    Pennsylvania Legislature

    Immigration Legislation in Other States

    
    
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