Federal Nullification Is a Bad Idea

by Victor Davis Hanson

Since the November elections, some state legislatures have introduced Tea Party–inspired legislation concerning guns and law enforcement that would, in effect, nullify federal law. This is a bad idea, because it could lead to even more extreme measures — sanctuary cities that declare themselves de facto exempt from federal immigration law and forbid their law-enforcement officers from cooperating with ICE officials; or state laws that do not allow federal officials to ensure that citizens are in compliance with federal immigration laws. And then we would have veritable anarchy.

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