Sanctuary Cities and the Concept of Federal Preemption and the Supremacy Clause | Nov 21 2016

John F. Kennedy Appeals to Mississippi Governor in 1962 Constitutional Case



The Supremacy Clause is a clause within Article VI of the U.S. Constitution which dictates that federal law is the “supreme law of the land”. … Under the doctrine of preemption, which is based on the Supremacy Clause, federal law preempts state law, even when the laws conflict.

“After many unfruitful telephone conversations with Mississippi Gov. Ross Barnett, President John F. Kennedy calls the governor one more time to discuss the building tension over James Meredith’s impending registration at the University of Mississippi. Though the governor has made clear his opposition to the Supreme Court order to allow Meredith to attend the school, President Kennedy tries to assess whether the governor will maintain law and order when Meredith arrives.”

John F. Kennedy Appeals to Mississippi Governor – Audio (4 min)

“….And I’d like to get assurances from you about what the state police are going to take positive action to maintain law and order, then we’ll know what we have to do….”Well, the only thing is, I’ve got my responsibilities. This is not my order! I just have to carry it out.”

                             – President John F. Kennedy

….Hear it and continue reading @

Suffice to say the governor did not win this one./CJ


New York to remain a ‘sanctuary city’ for immigrants: de Blasio

– New York Post


“New York will remain a “sanctuary city” for undocumented immigrants, Mayor de Blasio promised on Friday — even if Donald Trump makes good on his threats to yank federal funding in retaliation.

In fact, the city will reject federal aid that comes with objectionable “strings attached,” such as requiring local cops to turn over people they learn are here illegally, an action that, as a sanctuary city, New York won’t allow, he said.

“That may be a choice we have to make,” de Blasio told WNYC’s Brian Lehrer.

“Sanctuary” is a hot-button issue in a city where 40 percent of residents were born outside the US.

Under New York’s policy, if cops learn that a suspect may be undocumented, they won’t report him to immigration officials.

The feds will be told of a suspect’s immigration status only after a criminal conviction, experts said.”

….Continue reading @ NY Post

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