New York Times by Julie Preston
"Legislative leaders in at least half a dozen states say they will propose bills similar to a controversial law to fight illegal immigration that was adopted by Arizona last spring, even though a federal court has suspended central provisions of that statute.
"The efforts, led by Republicans, are part of a wave of state measures coming this year aimed at cracking down on illegal immigration.
"Legislators have also announced measures to limit access to public colleges and other benefits for illegal immigrants and to punish employers who hire them.
"Next week, at least five states plan to begin an unusual coordinated effort to cancel automatic United States citizenship for children born in this country to illegal immigrant parents.
"Opponents say that effort would be unconstitutional, arguing that the power to grant citizenship resides with the federal government, not with the states. Still, the chances of passing many of these measures appear better than at any time since 2006, when many states, frustrated with inaction in Washington, began proposing initiatives to curb illegal immigration."