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Sessions Links Chicago’s Mayor to City’s Crime, Calls Him a Dictator


Aug.18, 2017
by Bob Adelmann

The decibel level in the war of words between Trump’s AG Jeff Sessions and Chicago’s Mayor Rahm Emanuel reached painful heights on Wednesday. At issue is illegal immigration, and harboring illegals or deporting them. The underlying issue is the conflict of power between the federal government and the states.

The Federalist considered the issue and concluded that immigration, legal or illegal, was a concern only of the states, and of no concern to the national government:

Sovereignty over individual State immigration was never an object committed to national government….

Because the States retained just about everything they had before joining the union, and the fact this is clearly enumerated in the Constitution [see the 9th and 10th Amendments], gives Congress no more authority to authorize entry of immigrants or asylum seekers within the individual States any more than it has the authority to direct another country to accept them.

Its conclusion recognized just how far away from these strictures the national government has strayed:

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