The battle over state rights in the U.S. court system has led to challenges of the federal government's role in health care, criminal law and voting rights, among other things.
Three years ago Arizona and Alabama challenged federal immigration policy with tough deportation laws. Now the federal government is being challenged in a different way—but it might be just as controversial.
Friendly immigration laws are coming from states and are attempting to grant some of the privileges of citizenship to non-citizen residents. California, in particular is expanding the rights of its 3.5 million legal non-citizens, allowing them to sit on juries, monitor polls for elections in which they cannot vote and even practice law.
Joining us to discuss this change is Kevin Johnson, UC Davis Law School Dean and Professor of Public Interest Law and Chicano Studies.