California’s Anti-Okie Statute 1941

California’s Anti-Okie Statute 1941
California’s Anti-Okie Statute 1941

California’s Anti-Okie Statute 1941

Edwards v. California

Facts of the case
Anyone who knowingly assisted a pauper in entering the state of California was guilty of a misdemeanor during the Great Depression. Edwards, a Californian, drove to Texas and then back to California with his impoverished brother-in-law. Edwards was found guilty of breaking the state’s “Okie statute,” and was sentenced to six months in prison with a six-month suspension.

Question
Is the California statute in violation of the Commerce Clause of the US Constitution?

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