Understanding Immigration Federalism in the United States

by asharrock2013

Central Oregon Coast NOW

Understanding Immigration Federalism in the United States

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) signs a measure into law that expands state financial aid to undocumented students.

By Karthick Ramakrishnan and Pratheepan Gulasekaram | March 24, 2014
For nearly 150 years, the U.S. federal government has been pre-eminent in immigration policy. At the same time, Congress and the Supreme Court have also granted limited room for states to regulate the lives and livelihoods of immigrants residing within their borders, such as issuing business licenses and providing health and welfare services.
In the past decade, state and local governments have produced a flurry of legislation related to immigrants and immigration. Much of the legislation between 2004 and 2012 was restrictive in nature, making it more difficult for immigrants to reside in communities, work, and live their daily lives. Several cities, for example, imposed penalties on landlords who rented to unauthorized immigrants and employers who hired them.
These restrictionist laws reached…

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