Proceedings, Debates of the U.S. Congress
April 26, 2013
113th Congress, 1st Session
Issue: Vol. 159, No. 59 — Daily Edition
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Constitutional Authority Statement for H.R. 1773
(House of Representatives - April 26, 2013)
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[Page H2394] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] By Mr. GOODLATTE: H.R. 1773. Congress has the power to enact this legislation pursuant to the following: Article 1, section 8, clause 4 of the Constitution provides that Congress shall have power to ``establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization.'' The Supreme Court has long found that this provision of the Constitution grants Congress plenary power over immigration policy. As the Court found in Galvan v. Press, 347 U.S. 522, 531 (1954), ``that the formulation of policies [pertaining to the entry of aliens and the right to remain here] is entrusted to Congress has become about as firmly imbedded in the legislative and judicial tissues of our body politic as any aspect of our government.''