Ohio Immigration Reform Initiative (2011)

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The Ohio Immigration Reform Initiative did not make the November 2011 ballot in the state of Ohio. The proposed initiative would have authorized police question a person's immigration status if there are any suspicions that they are illegal immigrants.[1][2]

The initiative emulates an April 23, 2010 approved immigration bill in Arizona. A repeal was filed days following it's approval.



  • Sen. Tim Grendell was also supportive of the proposed measure: "If they are getting services in Ohio they are not legally entitled to and taxpayers are paying for this, we need to stop it. If thousands of people were violating a particular law, Ohioans would want to stop it."[4]



  • A week following the announcement of the proposed initiative Jason Riveiro, state director of the LULAC, sent a message to Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones, a sponsor of the initiative, calling his actions a "disgrace the integrity of the office and of the position you hold as a leader in your community." LULAC argues, "...anti-immigration legislation negatively affects local housing markets. Immigrants and their families purchase and lease homes. When people leave, properties are left vacant. Vacant houses lower the values of other homes in neighborhoods. Less property tax can be gained from communities in decline than from vibrant and growing neighborhoods. Local tax revenues from sales and pay roll will also disappear because the very immigrants you seek to eliminate from local economic markets also generate those taxes."[5]


See also: Polls, 2011 ballot measures
  • According to a May 2010 poll conducted on behalf of America’s Voice, an immigration advocacy group, found that 67% of both Ohioans and respondents at large approved such a measure. A total of 400 registered voters in Ohio, Arkansas, Missouri and Colorado were polled. According to the poll, after polled voters considered criticisms, 57% of Ohioans still supported the measure because according to the report voters want immigrants to be required to pay taxes.[7]
  • A June 22-27 poll by Quinnipiac University revealed that approximately 45% of polled voters supported an Ohio immigration law like Arizona's 2010 reform, 35% were opposed and 20% were undecided. According to reports 1,107 registered Ohio voters were polled. The poll had a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.[8]

     Position is ahead and at or over 50%     Position is ahead or tied, but under 50%

Date of Poll Pollster In favor Opposed Undecided Number polled
June 22-27, 2010 Quinnipiac University poll 45% 35% 20% 1,107

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