Your editorial ("Judge wise to void Utah's immigration crackdown," June 22) states, "Fortunately, that's exactly what happened Wednesday when U.S. District Judge Clark Walddoups struck enough verbiage to basically void the Utah Legislature's 2011 attempt to create its own immigration policy and appoint state and local police agencies to enforce it."
The immediate question appears, "By what authority does Judge Waddoups strike down an act of the Utah Legislature?"
The states granted to the federal government two relative authorities. 1. "To establish an uniform Rule of (lawful) Naturalization ... " (U.S. Constitution, Article I, Section 8, Clause 4), and "The United States ... shall protect each of them against invasion ... " (Article IV, Section 4.)