Thursday, January 26th, 2017

Patchwork Immigration Laws and Federal Enforcement Priorities

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"Notwithstanding efforts by some to paint the decision as a victory for states’ rights, the Supreme Court’s decision in Arizona was largely a reaffirmation of federal supremacy with regard to the immigration power and a warning call to states to refrain from copycat laws.  While it recognized Arizona’s frustrations with federal enforcement, it underscored that our history “is in part made of the stories, talents and lasting contributions of those who crossed oceans and deserts to come here”, and that Arizona may not pursue policies that undermine federal law." - Lauren Gilbert, June 27, 2012.