In an April 15th op-ed published by the Los Angeles Times, Illinois law dean and professor Vikram David Amar argues that President Trump's plan to release detained immigrants in "sanctuary cities" will not survive legal scrutiny.
"Some critics of Trump’s proposal have cited the 1st Amendment’s protection of those voicing disagreement with federal policy as relevant in this instance. But state and local governments, even though they certainly can and should express themselves, don’t necessarily enjoy 1st Amendment protections the way individuals do.
"The 10th Amendment provides a more germane legal argument. The Supreme Court has three times held that the federal government cannot coerce states and cities into assisting the federal government in the adoption or implementation of federal policies."
Read the full op-ed.
Note: The views expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the University of Illinois College of Law.