The Supreme Court, in striking down a law barring indigents from entering California, strengthened the constitutional right to travel, especially for poor citizens.
The Supreme Court unanimously ruled that California’s Great Depression era “Okie Law” was unconstitutional in its attempt to bar any person from bringing an indigent person into California. Justice James F. Byrnes,
In his majority opinion on Edwards, Justice James F. Byrnes drew on the Constitution's commerce clause.
Commerce, regulation of
Privileges and immunities
Travel, right to