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State Enforcement of Immigration Laws and Padilla v. Kentucky

This lesson will discuss states’ limited ability to regulate immigration and also address the Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Padilla and its progeny.


This lesson discusses certain topics concerning “crimmigration,” a term that refers to the intersection of criminal law and immigration law. Crimmigration includes the substantial expansion of federal immigration offenses in recent decades, which was discussed in another lesson. But it’s a much broader concept.

I. State and Local Enforcement of Immigration Laws

One aspect of crimmigration is how state and local governments, as opposed to the federal government, have approached...