WORKING WITH BUSINESS COALITIONS IN BATTLEGROUND STATES
Immigration was a top-tier issue in the 2011 state legislative sessions. IW coalitions and allies were at the forefront of efforts to educate voters in battleground states about the benefits of immigration and the damage likely to be done by enforcement-only laws. IW also worked closely with state-based advocates to beat back bad bills, promote good ideas and negotiate with lawmakers to improve must-pass measures. Among the states where we were active: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Nebraska, Tennessee and Utah. IW provided local coalitions with strategic direction, talking points, legislative templates and technical help – including consultations with a team of top-flight immigration attorneys who advised state business advocates on constitutional questions and policy.