USA Today (03/27/12) Alan Gomez
Utah, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, and Indiana passed illegal immigration laws on the heels of Arizona, but Republican lawmakers in other states have halted or abandoned similar bills to see how legal challenges to these laws and the upcoming election play out. The U.S. Supreme Court is slated to review Arizona’s landmark 2010 illegal immigration law in April. A bill in Missouri has stalled after passing a Senate committee, and lawmakers in Virginia and Kansas do not expect any bills to advance this year. Meanwhile, legislation proposed in Mississippi has been scaled back, eliminating provisions that would have allowed law enforcement to conduct roadside immigration checks, required school officials to verify students’ immigration status, and forced residents to carry identification papers.