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Cracking Down On Illegal Immigration

Generally when we talk about illegal immigration we're talking about states like California and Arizona. But, after back-to-back immigration reform bills died in the U.S. Congress in recent years, states and local communities are starting to tackle illegal immigration on their own. Oklahoma passed one of the toughest laws in the country against illegal immigration last year. Not exactly on the border. Mississippi followed up soon after. Virginia, Alabama, and Pennsylvania have all cracked down on illegal immigration. Sometimes with unintended consequences. As the Columbus Dispatch reported:

In Oklahoma, about 3,600 poor children were booted from a government health-care program because of problems with their Social Security numbers. Most were not immigrants.

U.S. citizens renewing driver's licenses in Alabama waited for hours because of confusion over all of the documents required to prove identity.

The Dispatch did a multiple-day series called "American Divide" on state and local laws that deal with the issue of illegal immigration in ways many say the federal government has failed to do. If you live in a state that's far from the U.S. border with Mexico, how is this issue playing out where you live?



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