Monday, May 8, 2017
In light of the new Texas anti-sanctuary law, Cyrus' Mehta's post on "Cross Currents In Federal Preemption of State and Local Immigration Law Under Trump" is particularly timely. The legal place of state immigration enforcement laws has long been contested, with Arizona v. United States (2012) perhaps the most well-known example. Mehta concludes:
"There is a lot of turbulence in preemption doctrine, with some states passing immigrant unfriendly laws and others passing immigrant friendly laws. The prior Obama administration directed its ire at immigrant unfriendly states while the Trump administration is directing its ire at immigrant friendly states. Now is certainly not the time to close the book on the tumultuous story of preemption as a new chapter is being written."