Michigan Legislation Affecting Immigrants, Farmworkers, and Immigrant Workers

  • 2019-2020 Session
  • Updated November 12, 2020
IMMIGRATION
House Bill 4083/ 4090 (2019)

Senate Bill 0383/ 0382 (2019)
Local Government Sanctuary Policy Prohibition Act The bills would ban a county (HB 4090) or local unit of government (HB 4083) from enacting or enforcing any law or policy that limits or prohibits local officials, law enforcement officers and employees of those entities from "communicating or cooperating" with federal officials concerning the immigration status of an individual in the state of Michigan. Oppose Referred to Committee on Ways and Means, with substitute (H-1)
Referred to Committee on Government Operations
House Bill 4220 (2019) Equal Language Access to State Services This bill would require state agencies to create and implement equitable policies for individuals with limited English proficiency. Support Referred to Committee on Government Operations
“Civil Rights Expansion Package”
House Bill 4724 (2019) Law Enforcement & Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) This bill would prohibit state or local law enforcement agencies from spending any money or using any personnel to investigate, interrogate, detain, detect, or arrest individuals for immigration enforcement purposes. Support Referred to Committee on Military, Veterans and Homeland Security
House Bill 4725 (2019) Stop-and-frisk policies procedure This bill prohibits discriminatory stop-and-search policies without reasonable suspicion that a person has, is or soon will be engaged in criminal activity, or is “armed and dangerous” in order to prevent racial and ethnic profiling. Support Referred to Committee on Military, Veterans and Homeland Security
House Bill 4726 (2019) Standards for responding to federal immigration holds act This bill would prohibit a law enforcement official from continuing to detain an individual after that individual becomes eligible for release from custody on the basis of the immigration hold absent a judicial determination that probable cause exists to believe that the individual committed a crime. Support Referred to Committee on Military, Veterans and Homeland Security
House Bill 4727 (2019) Nonprofit Legal Organization Contract Act Creates the “Nonprofit Legal Organization Contract Act” to provide funds for legal assistance for individuals in deportation proceedings. Support Referred to Committee on Military, Veterans and Homeland Security
House Bill 4797 (2019) Immigration status in schools Prevents schools from discriminating against or denying admission of pupils due to immigration status, asking pupils or parents for immigration status, or requiring disclosure of immigration status. Support Referred to Committee on Education
House Bill 4798 (2019) In-state tuition rates for certain noncitizen students This bill would allow certain resident immigrants to have the ability to pay in-state tuition at in-state public universities. Support Referred to Committee on Appropriations
House Bill 4799 (2019) Civil Rights in Schools This bill would require the Michigan Department of Education to develop or adopt, and make available to schools, a model program of instruction in civil rights and the United States Bill of Rights. Support Referred to Committee on Education
House Resolution 126 (2019) Humane and responsible immigration policies A resolution to memorialize the Congress of the United States to pursue humane and responsible immigration policies and oppose discriminatory policies and practices in immigration enforcement. Support Referred to Committee on Government Operations
House Resolution 139 (2019) Welcoming policies and procedures in public universities A resolution that encourages all of Michigan's public universities to enact welcoming policies and procedures. Support Referred to the House Committee on Education
End of Civil Rights Expansion Package
House Bill 4231 (2019) County reimbursement funds This bill proposes to appropriate several line-items of funding for the Department of Corrections specifically, included for a “county jail reimbursement program. It would disqualify counties from receiving reimbursement under the County Jail Reimbursement Program if they enact or enforce any law, ordinance, policy, or rule that limits or prohibits a peace officer or local official, officer, or employee from communicating or cooperating with appropriate federal officials concerning the immigration status of an individual in the state Opposed original version line item vetoed. Neutral on substitute version with problematic immigration enforcement language removed Re-referred to Committee on Appropriations without language related to immigration status on 10/08/2019
Senate Bill 0631/ 0632 (2019)

House Bill 5192/ 5193 (2019)
Drive SAFE (Safety, Access, Freedom, and the Economy) Bills The bills would make noncommercial Michigan driver's licenses and state identification cards available to applicants who do not have proof of U.S. citizenship or immigration status. The bills eliminate the "legal presence" requirement for proving Michigan residency and they would specify types of documentation allowable for proving Michigan residency and identity for the new category of documents. Support Referred to Committee on Government Operations
Referred to Committee on Transportation
House Bill 4998 (2019) Immigration Status from Certain Agencies Law enforcement; investigations; law enforcement officers, employees of a health facility, or certain health professionals complying with federal request to collect information on individual's immigration status; prohibit. Creates new act. Support Referred to Committee on Military, Veterans and Homeland Security
House Bill 4988 (2019) School ICE policies Education; other; certain school policies regarding cooperation with federal officials in relation to the immigration status of certain individuals; prohibit Oppose Referred to Committee on Education
EMPLOYMENT
House Bill 6030, a bill tie- bared to HB 6031, SB 1023, HB 6032, SB 1024 Workers Who Suffered or Died from COVID-19 These bills would strip the most vulnerable and essential farmworkers from much needed legal protection during the COVID-19 pandemic by setting the bar too high to prove when an employer acted negligently in not protecting workers from COVID-19. These bills are especially harmful to immigrant workers, including many farmworkers, who do not have access to the workers compensation system due to their immigration status. Oppose Approved by the Governor 10/22/2020 11:34 AM
EDUCATION
House Bill 4614 (2019) FAFSA Completion This bill would require for a student to complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to be awarded their high school diploma by the board of a school district or directors of a public school academy. Oppose Referred to Committee on Education
HOUSING
House Bill 4679 (2019) Home Loan Eligibility The proposed bill prevents individuals from receiving housing loans made under the Michigan State Housing Development Authority, unless the individual is a United States Citizen or a Lawful Permanent Resident (“LPR” or “green card holder”). Oppose Referred to Committee on Financial Services

This is a list of bills that have been compiled by the Michigan Immigrant Rights Center. This list is not a comprehensive list of all bills affecting the immigrant community. The status of each bill is subject to change quickly, please refer to https://www.legislature.mi.gov for an updated status. For questions please contact, Public Policy Coordinator Eva Alvarez at ealvarez@michiganimmigrant.org