NBN Online for the week of November 12, 2007

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Front Page
Heading Off Home Foreclosure Damage on Fed’s Radar Screen
Fed Governor Lists Steps to Remedy Subprime Distress
Reader Survey: Tell Us What Housing News Is Important to You
Layouts for Living
Floor Plans: A Desert Oasis Made in the Shade
Coast to Coast
Good Time to Buy, Housing Expert Says
Politics & Government
Tax Hike on ‘Carried Interest’ Would Disrupt Real Estate
Toughest U.S. Immigration Law Takes Effect in Oklahoma
Home on Break, Montana Legislators Visit Building Sites
Economics & Finance
Recent Home Price Dip Pale Compared to Five-Year Rise
Eye on the Ecomony: Housing Vacancies Still Riding High
Useful Links to Monitor Economic and Housing Trends
Builders’ Tip: Create Clean Edges With Painter's Tape Plus
Business Management
Make Your Web Site Work Harder and Smarter for You
50Plus Housing
Gain 50+ Know-How With CAASH Designation
Pillars Awards Entry Applications Due Nov. 16
Remodelers Put on Thinking CAPS With Revised Courses
Differentiate or Die: How to Stay Alive in Today's Market
Register for Free Sales and Marketing Audio Conference
Tickets Now Available for The Nationals 2008 Gala at IBS
Banks, Churches Among Best in Commercial Building
Industry Speakers Available Through NAHB Online Directory
Education Calendar
Drought Prompts Tips to Cut Residential Water Use
Green Building
Poll Finds Strong Support for Voluntary Green Program
Hearings Move Green Standard Closer to Expected 2008 Approval
Manual Helps Builders Fight Inclusionary Zoning Battles
Students Start Industry Jobs With Grants From Lowe’s
Building Products
Hydronic Heat Brings Comfort, Efficiency to N.Y. Condos
NAHB-Produced Programs on DIY, Fine Living and HGTV
Webcast to Feature NAHB’s Howard, Seiders
Builder Achievement Award Deadline Extended to Dec. 3
Students, Apply for Scholarships to Attend IBS by Nov. 15
Association News
End Public Speaking Anxiety With ‘Spokesperson Training'
Drive Away With a $500 GM Offer This Holiday Season
UPS Offers Up to 30% Discount to NAHB Members on Shipping
Calendar of Events
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Tax Hike on ‘Carried Interest’ Would Disrupt Real Estate

Home on Break, Montana Legislators Visit Building Sites

Toughest U.S. Immigration Law Takes Effect in Oklahoma

Oklahoma House Bill 1804, known as the Oklahoma Taxpayer and Citizen Protection Act of 2007, went into effect Thursday, Nov. 1, after a U.S. District Court judge denied an 11th-hour request to block it.

The law bans illegal immigrants from obtaining official state government identification, including driver’s licenses; terminates most public assistance for illegal immigrants; grants state and local law enforcement officials the authority to enforce federal immigration law; and enacts employer penalties for knowingly hiring illegal immigrants

While Oklahoma's new law is widely seen as the toughest in the U.S., other states are turning up the heat on the nation’s 12 million undocumented immigrants.

In Utah , Republican State Sen. Bill Hickman has plans to introduce legislation similar to the Oklahoma law. In Missouri, Gov. Matt Blunt announced an effort to deputize some of his state’s law enforcement officers to enforce federal immigration laws.

Anti-immigration advocates have begun to push for similar laws in neighboring Arkansas. In the state's northwest, where most of Arkansas' Latinos live, four police agencies have signed up with the customs and immigration agency to enforce immigration law more efficiently. Mike Beebe, the Democratic governor, wants state troopers to get tougher too.

It is estimated that immigrants in Arkansas contribute $2.9 billion directly or indirectly to the state's economy each year, which has prompted one pro-business group to form. Executives from some of Arkansas's principal companies — Tyson Foods, the world's largest meat processor, and Alltel, a wireless company — joined ministers, civic leaders and the local American Civil Liberties Union to form the Arkansas Friendship Coalition.

The group stresses that states should abide by federal immigration laws rather than try to make their own.

Though punitive or restrictive measures have received the most attention, there has also been a substantial push to integrate. Over the last 18 months, about a third of the some 130 immigration-related ordinances introduced around the country have been geared toward providing more English-language courses and other immigrant-friendly initiatives, according to the Migration Policy Institute.

One state, Illinois, has responded specifically to the polarizing debate over immigration by working to find ways to bring immigrants into the mainstream more quickly through local language classes and assimilation training.

For more information, e-mail Carlos Gutierrez at NAHB, or call him at 800-368-5242 x8279.


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