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Old 01-30-2010, 03:41 PM
 
Location: Duluth, Minnesota, USA
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A chain of events occurred and one of our states along the border began to ENCOURAGE illegal immigration, to the point where they either asked U.S. Border Patrol to leave, or restricted them to within 25 - 50 miles of the border, and kicked all other federal immigration officials out of the state? Would these actions be legal under the constitution's protection of state sovereignity? If so, how would conservative constitutionalists reconcile their stance on immigration (mostly opposed, supposedly) with their literal interpretation of the constitution?
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Old 01-30-2010, 04:19 PM
 
Location: Staten Island, New York
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How would anyone kick the Border Patrol/Feds out?
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Old 01-30-2010, 04:30 PM
 
Location: Mesa, Az
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A chain of events occurred and one of our states along the border began to ENCOURAGE illegal immigration, to the point where they either asked U.S. Border Patrol to leave, or restricted them to within 25 - 50 miles of the border, and kicked all other federal immigration officials out of the state? Would these actions be legal under the constitution's protection of state sovereignity? If so, how would conservative constitutionalists reconcile their stance on immigration (mostly opposed, supposedly) with their literal interpretation of the constitution?
Proof please
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Old 01-31-2010, 02:00 AM
 
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<<Would these actions be legal under the constitution's protection of state sovereignity?>>

No. As specifically stated in the Constitution, immigration is a federal issue. States only have jurisdiction over things not specified in the Constitution as belonging to the federal government. States cannot overule the federal government's role in immigration law enforcement. That doesn't mean though that states can't limit, or deny, services provided by the state, to illegal aliens, such a driver's licenses, and certain social services.
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Old 01-31-2010, 02:02 PM
 
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A chain of events occurred and one of our states along the border began to ENCOURAGE illegal immigration, to the point where they either asked U.S. Border Patrol to leave, or restricted them to within 25 - 50 miles of the border, and kicked all other federal immigration officials out of the state? Would these actions be legal under the constitution's protection of state sovereignity? If so, how would conservative constitutionalists reconcile their stance on immigration (mostly opposed, supposedly) with their literal interpretation of the constitution?
That's pretty much been the case. Illegals are encouraged to come. Border patrol agents drive around with empty vehicles in the sanctuary cities along the border, unable to do anything about the millions of illegals living here using fraudulent documents, obtaining food stamps and so on.

There aren't 30 plus million illegals living it up here because a whole lot has been done. Illegal immigration is only down somewhat because of the bursting of the housing bubble, the housing developers aren't building as much right now, but the border is still very open, there are still tens of thousands of people crossing over to live here illegally.
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