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Immigration and Public Policy
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.
 - on FIRST CONSIDERATION, a bill is introduced and assigned to committee.
[T] - BILL TABLED following FIRST CONSIDERATION (HOUSE)
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 - SECOND CONSIDERATION - this bill is scheduled for debate and amendments before the full
HOUSE or SENATE. See House Calendars or Senate Calendar.
 - THIRD CONSIDERATION - this bill is scheduled for final vote in HOUSE or SENATE.
See House Calendars or Senate Calendar.
|Background Commentary from Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalition|
(last updated June 2011)
- The Case Against Restricting Access to Public Benefits,
relating to Pennsylvania Senate Bill 9 and House Bills 41, 738, 809.
- The Case Against the E-Verify Employee Verification System (from PICC),
relating to Pennsylvania House Bills 379, 380 and 858, and Senate Bills 637 and 947.
- The Case Against Making Police Act as Immigration Agents,
relating to Pennsylvania Senate Bills 515 and 891 and House Bills 738, 798, 799 and 801, which mimic Arizona SB 1070.
- The Case Against Abolishing Birthright Citizenship,
relating to Pennsylvania House Bills 474 and 857.
- Immigrant Contributions - why Pennsylvania should welcome immigrants.
- Sample Letters to Members of the Pennsylvania Legislature:
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.
- 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)
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