The Power to Control Immigration is a Core Aspect of Sovereignty
8 Pages Posted: 9 Sep 2017
Date Written: 2016
Where in our constitutional system is the power to regulate immigration assigned? Professor Ilya Somin argues that the power to regulate immigration is not a power given to Congress because it is not enumerated. But I think it is so clearly a power given to Congress and that such was so well understood at the time of our founding that the Constitution did not even need to specify it. Even so, I think the Constitution does specify it. The notion that the power to regulate immigration is not contained within the power of naturalization is an anachronistic view of the latter power that understands naturalization merely to confer citizenship and not as having anything to do with who can immigrate into this country in order to obtain citizenship.
Keywords: Immigration, constitutional law, Chinese Exclusion Cases, The Passenger Cases, Founders, separation of powers
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