Washington Law Review
States as International Law-Breakers: Discrimination Against Immigrants and Welfare Reform
As part of the current "devolution revolution," policy makers at the state and federal levels are designing proposals that would permit states to discriminate on the basis of immigration status in determining eligibility for public education, medical care, social services, and cash assistance. This Comment asserts that such proposals violate international human rights norms, by which both federal and state governments are bound. Mbreover, it maintains that legislators must consider international law when crafting proposals that would allow discrimination on the basis of alienage. If they fail to do so, courts are obliged to intervene and ensure that treaty provisions are not violated.
Notes and Comments,
States as International Law-Breakers: Discrimination Against Immigrants and Welfare Reform,
71 Wash. L. Rev.
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