Seth Hoy at Immigration Impact has a very interesting post on how state-level immigration bills are not passing. In ten states, Arizona-type legislation is getting axed by legislative leaders. For example:
Mississippi’s legislature killed more than 30 immigration-related bills this week that would have, among other things, required people to speak English before receiving a state license, denied public benefits to the undocumented and attached an additional fee to all wire transfers going out of the country. The most controversial of the package, however, was SB 2179—Mississippi’s Arizona-style bill which would require police to investigate the immigration status of those they suspect are in the country illegally.
This is another example of why I criticized the New York Times article about how such bills are becoming more common in the South. Yes, we will see immigration bills pass at the state and local level, as potentially in Georgia, but I think there are signs of greater pragmatism that don't tend to get media attention because they aren't exciting.