Constitutional Authority Statement for H.R. 1773
(House of Representatives - April 26, 2013)

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           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.''