Immigration and the States Project

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Over the last four decades, immigration to the U.S. has grown rapidly in both relative and absolute terms, as millions of foreigners heralding from all parts of the world have made this country their home. While the federal government has been largely responsible for the admission of immigrants and the enforcement of immigration laws, states and localities have played a critical role in the integration of immigrants into communities. As the magnitude and nature of immigration—and the challenges associated with it—have transformed the political and policy landscape, the roles of the federal government and of the states have evolved, sparking both new cooperation and new points of friction. Pew’s work examines the intersection of federal, state, and local immigration laws and policies and the potential impact on all levels of government.

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