The immigration debate may be ramping up in Washington but it’s chilled in the states, where the crackdown fervor of two years ago has given way to a cautious approach amid changing political currents and court decisions. Gone is the appetite for broad “omnibus” bills such as Arizona’s 2011 law that instituted state criminal penalties for illegal immigration. Instead, it’s immigrant-rights groups that are now on the offensive, passing a laws granting in-state college tuition rates to illegal immigrants in Colorado and driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants in Illinois.
Washington Times: It’s a hot potato in Washington, but immigration fervor cools in the states
Associated Press: Minn. looks at licenses for illegal immigrants
Denver Post: Colorado House Committee votes to repeal immigration reporting law