April 27, 2011
The United States Constitution gives the States power to make laws covering anything the national laws don’t cover. But when something affects the whole country, like national security or immigration, the whatever Congress and the President decide becomes the law of the whole country.
In the last few years, the U.S. government has tried to change the mess of its mixed up and confusing immigration laws, but did not succeed. The States have gotten impatient and many have decided to make their own immigration laws, like the famous and controversial Arizona SB 1070.
Recently, the Georgia Legislature passed a new law. If the governor signs it, which he plans to, being in the state without proper documentation would become a crime. President Obama responded by saying, "It is a mistake for states to try to do this piecemeal. We can't have 50 different immigration laws around the country. Arizona tried this and a federal court already struck them down. The truth of the matter is that we've done more on enforcement than any previous administration. We have more border patrols. We have been engaging in serious crackdowns on employers who are hiring undocumented workers.”
ImmigrationAmerica.org is a free website run by a licensed immigration attorney with years of experience. Our goal is to explain immigration law clearly and simply so you can understand.
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