According to The Los Angeles Times many states have enacted laws similar to the Arizona law aimed at curbing activities related to illegal immigration. Though late at coming to that conclusion, the Times is right.

As extensively cataloged in Controlling Illegal Immigration: State and Local Governments Must Do More, over the last six years most states have enacted legislation in the areas most affected by illegal immigration: driver’s licenses and identification, public benefits, higher education benefits, voting security, criminal sanctions, and employment.

When pro-illegal immigrant groups have sued, the courts have upheld most of the legislation, the best example of which—having surviving the liberal Ninth Circuit—is Arizona’s employment law. One of the obvious aims of the Obama Administration’s legal assault on Arizona is to chill other states from taking additional action. So far, that political move has failed, as more than 18 states are considering legislation similar to Arizona’s illegality law.