The Privileges and Immunities Clause of Article IV, Section 2 of the Constitution states that "the citizens of each state shall be entitled to all privileges and immunities of citizens in the several states." This clause protects fundamental rights of individual citizens and restrains state efforts to discriminate against out-of-state citizens. However, the Privileges and Immunities Clause extends not to all commercial activity, but only to fundamental rights.
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A provision found in Article IV of the U.S. Constitution that prohibits states from discriminating against those who are not state citizens or from favoring its own citizens over citizens of other states. The Privileges and Immunities Clause has been interpreted to create a right to travel, in that it allows citizens of one state to go to another state and enjoy the same privileges and immunities as that state's citizens.
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August 19, 2010, 5:22 pm