Gabriel J. Chin – Federalism at the Border: Immigration Policy and the States

Tuesday, March 5 at 6:00pm
Hojel Auditorium, Institute of the Americas
UC San Diego

Two recent U.S. Supreme Court cases seem to send opposite messages about the hundreds of recent state and local laws regulating noncitizens. One decision upheld Arizona’s law imposing sanctions on employers hiring undocumented workers, while the other struck down many parts of that state’s notorious SB1070, designed to drive out undocumented people using a policy of “attrition through enforcement.” Where is the line between valid state assistance to the federal government and unconstitutionally establishing independent state immigration policies? What could be wrong with the states helping enforce the federal government’s own statutes?

Gabriel J. Chin is Professor of Law at the University of California Davis School of Law. A former professor at the University of Arizona, he has written extensively about that state’s SB1070 law and other state immigration regulations.

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*Jointly sponsored with UC San Diego, Earl Warren College and California Western School of Law, San Diego