Friday, March 28, 2014

The Endless Battle for State Immigration Crimes

The Endless Battle for State Immigration Crimes Monday, March 31, 2014 at 12:15-1:30 p.m. MDT Watch this event live online at 

For a century and a half, states have fought Congress for the power to control authorized and unauthorized migration. The immigrant stream continues to change the demographics of the nation, and immigration’s economic effects are debated in the middle of a tough job market. In this context, a number of states and localities have become intensely interested in using their own police, laws and courts to address what some consider an invasion, taking place in open disregard of the nation’s laws. "What could be wrong," they ask, "with helping the federal government carry out its own laws?"

This lecture will address the constitutionality of the recent wave of state and local laws dealing with immigration, the Supreme Court’s decisions on the matter, President Obama’s administrative amnesties, and the SAFE Act, pending in Congress, which would explicitly allow the states to enact their own immigration laws, so long as they were consistent with federal law.


Lecturer: Jack Chin, Professor of Law

Gabriel "Jack" Chin teaches at the University of California, Davis, School of Law where he specializes in criminal law, immigration and race and law. He is an award-winning scholar whose work has been published in the Cornell, UCLA and Penn law reviews, and the Yale, Duke and Georgetown law journals. His scholarship has been cited four times in the U.S. Supreme Court in cases dealing with prosecution of immigrants. A graduate of Wesleyan, he earned a J.D. from Michigan and an LL.M. from Yale. His hobby is getting legislatures to repeal Jim Crow laws; in 2003 he persuaded Ohio to ratify the 14th Amendment; he is now seeking posthumous admission for a Chinese American denied bar membership by the California Supreme Court in 1890 because of his race.


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