"Show Me Your Papers" law on the road to repeal as new report condemns it

State lawmakers have passed a bill that repeals a much-criticized 2006 law requiring local law enforcement to report anyone they suspect of being undocumented to federal immigration authorities. The bill, HB1258, now heads to the governor's desk.

Immigrant advocate Justin Valas credits the bill's passage partly to "having people come out and share their stories," he says. Showing the human impact of so-called "show me your papers" laws is powerful, he adds. A new report endeavors to do more of that.

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