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Expert: Texas Immigration Bill Unconstitutional

January 04, 2024 (1 min read)

Maria Recio, Austin American-Statesman, Jan. 3, 2023

"The U.S. Constitution's supremacy clause states that federal laws, rules and regulations trump conflicting state laws, as was upheld in a 2010 Supreme Court case on illegal immigration in Arizona. Will the Democratic Biden administration strike back? “They did it in Arizona,” said Cornell Law School immigration professor Stephen Yale-Loehr, referring to the 2010 Supreme Court case where the Obama administration challenged an Arizona law similar to Texas' SB 4. “It was unconstitutional,” Yale-Loehr said the Supreme Court’s ruled on that state law. “It violated the federal government’s obligation to control immigration.”