Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Room for Debate: Citizen of the State of New York



Yesterday, the New York Times Room for Debate focused on "Citizen of the State of New York."  In what is being portrayed as the new front on the immigration debate, New York State lawmakers are considering a bill that would grant state citizenship to some noncitizen residents — including undocumented immigrants — allowing them to vote and run for office. Is this a good idea? ImmigrationProf blogger Rose Cuison Villazor, a law professor at the University of California, Davis, School of Law, suggested this discussion.


Peter L. Markowitz, law professor.  The New York is Home Act charts a path forward on immigration that states and the federal government could follow.

Ted Ruthizer, immigration lawyer.  We don’t advance the cause of comprehensive immigration reform by pretending that legalities don’t matter.

Peter Spiro, law professor.  There’s nothing in the Constitution to stop states from defining their own citizenship more generously.  For his op/ed piece on the New York bill, click here

Rose Cuison Villazor, law professor.  Participation in the political and legal process would help prepare noncitizens, documented or undocumented, for U.S. citizenship.


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