Immigration Policy Of The United States Essay

839 Words Apr 21st, 2016 4 Pages
In order to provide the full scope of the picture that we face today and the challenges we will face in the future, it is important to understand the history of Immigration policy in the United States. With the creation of constitution in 1789, came very little guidance from the founders on immigration. The only relevant clause regarding the issue can be found in Article 1 Section 8 Clause 4 that gave congress power to “To establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization, and uniform Laws on the subject of Bankruptcies throughout the United States;” Here we see that congress is given the authority to create laws regarding becoming a naturalized citizen. However, control over the citizenship process is hardly a mandate from the constitution for full authority over immigration policy itself. Immigration law professor at UC Irvine Jennifer Chacón writes that “But control over naturalization does not necessarily require full control over immigration. And indeed, for the first century of the United States’ existence, many states enacted laws regulating and controlling immigration into their own borders.” (Chacon 2014) Professor Vincent J. Cannato comes to a similar conclusion when he writes in National Affairs that “But on the question of who should determine just who can enter the country and under what conditions, the Constitution is silent. As a result, during America 's first century, regulating entry into the country was a power left up to individual states. Apart from laws…

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