New State Immigration Laws

Parsing Immigration Policy, Episode 154

By Jessica M. Vaughan, D.A. King, and Joanne Bregman on May 9, 2024

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This year has seen important state-level legislation on immigration. The bills that have passed throughout the country tend to be those designed to deter illegal immigration and enhance enforcement of immigration law. As state legislative sessions wrap up around the country, two successful grassroots advocates join Jessica Vaughan, Director of Policy Studies at the Center for Immigration Studies, to discuss immigration legislative accomplishments in their states – Georgia and Tennessee.

D.A. King of the Dustin Inman Society and Joanne Bregman of Tennessee Eagle Forum highlight noteworthy new laws passed in their states this year that can serve as models for other states similarly frustrated by the lack of federal government interest in tackling the record high level of illegal immigration.

  • Three main types of legislation are discussed:
  • Making illegal presence a state crime.
  • Neutralizing local sanctuary policies by mandating cooperation with ICE.

Limiting access to public benefits, especially professional and commercial licenses.

King and Bregman emphasize the importance of grassroots efforts and legal scrutiny in shaping effective policies. Vaughan makes it clear that “States are not helpless.”


Jessica Vaughan is the Director of Policy Studies at the Center for Immigration Studies.


D.A. King of the Dustin Inman Society.

Joanne Bregman of Tennessee Eagle Forum.


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Intro Montage

Voices in the opening montage:

  • Sen. Barack Obama at a 2005 press conference.
  • Sen. John McCain in a 2010 election ad.
  • President Lyndon Johnson, upon signing the 1965 Immigration Act.
  • Booker T. Washington, reading in 1908 from his 1895 Atlanta Exposition speech.
  • Laraine Newman as a "Conehead" on SNL in 1977.
  • Hillary Clinton in a 2003 radio interview.
  • Cesar Chavez in a 1974 interview.
  • House Speaker Nancy Pelosi speaking to reporters in 2019.
  • Prof. George Borjas in a 2016 C-SPAN appearance.
  • Sen. Jeff Sessions in 2008 comments on the Senate floor.
  • Charlton Heston in "Planet of the Apes".