Resource: The Future of Discriminatory Local Ordinances Aimed at Regulating Illegal Immigration

By: John Ryan Syllaios

January 1, 2010

Washington and Lee Journal of Civil Rights and Social Justice

First, this Note will discuss the two primary catalysts of the general public’s negative sentiment toward illegal immigrants: (1) economic concerns and (2) anxiety concerning increased criminal activity. Next, this Note will analyze the potential constitutional infirmities of the ordinances. After presenting a constitutional analysis, this Note will examine how courts will handle anti-immigrant legislation going forward. Finally, this Note will present alternative solutions to the problems that initially spawned these ordinances.