Minnesota GOP Wants To Enact Immigration Law Like Arizona
Minnesota Reps. Steve Drazkowski (pictured) and Greg Davids applaud the Arizona bill, saying it addresses a failure in federal enforcement. Drazkowski is drafting a similar state bill he hopes to introduce before the session ends this month.
“We’re paying to educate, medicate and incarcerate illegal immigrants,” he said. “I think (the Arizona bill) is a great idea. You know, I wish I would have thought of it.”
“They cost the state a lot of money,” Davids said. “The bill just says we’re going to follow the U.S. Constitution, Homeland Security and the laws of the land.”
What a good use of time and taxpayer dollars: a bill that says they’re going to follow the Constitution.
Local DFL lawmakers including Rep. Gene Pelowski and Sen. Sharon Erickson Ropes said state lawmakers should focus on balancing the state’s budget rather than delving into immigration issues better handled at the federal level. Additionally, illegal immigration in Minnesota is not nearly as large an issue as it is in states such as Arizona, they said.
“I don’t think there are a lot of Canadians sneaking in,” Pelowski said.Click here for reuse options!
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