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Brigham Young University Prelaw Review

Abstract

This article argues that state-produced immigration law can be a more effective method of regulating immigration when compared with current federal regulation. Currently, regulation as controlled by the federal government supersedes any laws created at the state level and subjects those laws produced by states to extensive review by the courts. The article proposes that immigration law should follow a business-law model when regulating immigration on a state level and discusses how the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 needs to be reinterpreted. The article then describes three ways this change in immigration law could be implemented and confers the best method to implement the new model.

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