The subject of deportationcriminalAccording to legal theory, federal deportation laws must supersede any state provisions that would seek to run contrary to the verbiage of the ConstitutionTenth Amendment states that that any responsibilities not reserved for the federal government fall upon the shoulders of the states and the people. This manifests itself most directly not in the formation of new deportation laws, but in the enforcement of national immigration policies. This is precisely what is so often troubling about the entanglements of criminal immigration law to state officials.
Deportation is a complicated issue for a multitude of reasons. Certainly, the practical implications of deciding whether or not to deport someone are quite serious, as they have tangible financial consequences and, at worst, failing to make the right decision could result in the persistence of a dangerous alien taking advantage of lawful permanent residents and citizens in the aftermath.