Constitutional Cities and Universal Representation: Radical Hope in a Time of Despair
Dr. Shefali Milczarek-Desai
Director, Worker's Rights Clinic
James E. Rogers College of Law
University of Arizona
Abstract: In the face of harsh federal immigration policies, some localities—cities, counties, towns—are becoming defenders of individual liberties. These so-called “sanctuary cities” have passed laws aimed at upholding a wide-range of constitutional principles including separation of powers, anti-commandeering, rational basis, due process, equal protection, and free speech. In this presentation, we'll take a look at how local jurisdictions can safeguard their residents' rights, whether state preemptive measures to the contrary should be deemed valid, and what this means for Tucson and Pima County—border regions where documented and undocumented lives are inextricably linked.