American Federalism Can Push Back Against Executive Overreach

Source: The UnPopulist
by Ilya Somin

“Since Donald Trump’s victory in the 2016 election, ‘sanctuary’ jurisdictions have become a focus of political and legal controversy. Sanctuary policies are adopted by state and local governments that refuse to aid federal officials in enforcing certain federal laws. They can be thought of as attempts to build a type of legal wall around a state or municipality. … Sanctuary policies have their flaws and limitations. But they have strong constitutional grounding and are a useful check on federal power, especially on overreaching presidents of both parties. So it is worth exploring how sanctuary policies work and their constitutional foundations.” (05/28/24)