How Did Harsh Immigration Laws Spread to Your Statehouse?

Hint: The conservative American Legislative Exchange Council and legal experts like Kris Kobach had a lot to do with it.

Since Arizona passed its anti-immigration law in 2010, 35 other states have attempted to pass similar all-encompassing bills. But this isn’t just a case of a bunch of like-minded state pols taking an idea and running with it. Check out the flowchart below to see how the proliferation of immigration bills was coordinated—sometimes by legislators in a “dynamic partnership” with corporate lobbyists.

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