Noem, Herseth Sandlin spar over immigration in first debate

An excerpt from today’s AP story about the debate in Sioux Falls:

Noem said she would have tried to block funding for a Department of Justice lawsuit challenging the Arizona law, which would require state and local police to question and possibly arrest illegal immigrants during the enforcement of other laws such as traffic stops.

“When we are sitting here in a recession and need dollars to go to our priorities, our priorities should not be our administration and our country suing our states when all they want to do is protect their people,” she said.

Herseth Sandlin, who is seeking re-election to a fourth full term, said blocking funding for the Justice Department lawsuit “sets a terrible precedent.”

“Can you imagine a state passing a law that violates someone’s voting rights and not allowing the Department of Justice to raise constitutional questions? That’s what this amendment would have done,” she said.

For the full story, click here.

And remember, Noem and Herseth Sandlin will debate Saturday, Aug. 28, at noon in the Corn Palace during the Corn Palace Festival.

2 thoughts on “Noem, Herseth Sandlin spar over immigration in first debate

  1. I agree with Noem’s position on this. The Federal Government has more pressing issues than suing states who are only trying to uphold laws that the Feds seem unable to. The Fed refuses to take a solid stance on illelal immigration then its up to the states to take care of it. Immigration laws exist for a reason and deserve to be upheld. If higher levels of government are unwilling or unable to do the job then its up to state and local officials.

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