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May 31, 2012

Study Finds Businesses Are Being Held Responsible for Hiring

"Businesses increasingly are being asked to take on more responsibility in vetting the immigration status of their employees, according to a research paper by the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. Associate Political Science Professor Michael Rodriguez said changes to immigration policy especially affect businesses in New Jersey and five other states that serve as 'gateways' to many foreign workers," PressofAtlanticCity.com writes.

About 1.8 million people, or 1 in 5 New Jersey residents, were born in another country. The nonprofit group Federation for American Immigration Reform, which opposes illegal immigration, estimates that 410,000 undocumented immigrants are living in New Jersey.

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Illegal Alien Students Start New Anti-Deportation Campaign

"Young illegal immigrants, saying President Obama has done little to diminish the threat of deportations they face despite repeated promises, have started a campaign to press him to use executive powers to allow them to remain legally in the country. The campaign is led by the United We Dream Network, the largest organization of young immigrants here illegally who would be eligible for legal status under a proposal in Congress known as the Dream Act," the New York Times writes.

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Alabama Growers Still Critical of Immigration Law

"Alabama's law requires state officials to be more vigilant about suspected illegal immigrants, denying them public services. Approved last June by the Republican-held legislature and signed by Republican Governor Robert Bentley, the law took effect in September, though sections were put on hold by the federal courts," the Chicago Tribune writes.

"'Without question, Alabama's H.B. 56 is the most comprehensive anti-illegal immigration state law ever drafted,' said Kris Kobach, the Kansas secretary of state and intellectual author of both the Arizona and Alabama laws, who has consulted with 10 other states on immigration legislation. 'It includes just about everything a state can do to discourage illegal immigration.'"

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