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Immigration, Still on the Front Burner

ACCE Webmaster on Wednesday, February 27, 2008 at 6:20:45 pm

The presidential candidates may not want to talk about it, but immigration is still on the front burner for many state legislatures.

The Michigan House is considering a package of bills, dubbed the 'Hire Michigan First' plan, that would require state construction contractors to hire only employees living in Michigan and cancel state contracts with firms that hire undocumented workers.   Click HERE to read the article from The Detroit News.

In Kansas, business owners are calling for more H-2B visas to help ease labor shortages with legal workers.  Immigration has been a hot-button issue in Kansas since the state legislature introduced 4 major pieces bills targeting undocumented immigrants.  According to estimates from the Pew Hispanic Center, 40,000-70,000 illegal immigrants live in Kansas, making up roughly 2% of the population.  Click HERE for the visa story and information about the immigration legislation from The Wichita Eagle.

Georgia's state legislature recently rejected a proposed constitutional amendment to declare English as Georgia official language.  Opponents of the hotly contested issue were concerned about unintended consequences.  Click HERE to read the article from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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