The Minnesota Republicans feel a little left out now that Arizona is getting so much attention, so they’ve decided to concoct an immigration bill of their own.
Rep. Steve Drazkowski, R-Mazeppa, introduced legislation on Thursday modeled after Arizona‚Äôs new controversial immigration law. The bill would create a Minnesota Illegal Immigration Enforcement Team and require immigrants to carry an ‚Äúalien registration‚Äù card. The bill uses the same ‚Äúreasonable suspicion‚Äù protocol that has generated criticism against Arizona‚Äôs law. It even carried the same name: The Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act.
The bill was introduced by Drazkowski, along with Reps. Ron Shimanski, R-Silver Lake; Bob Dettmer, R-Forest Lake; Peggy Scott, R-Andover; Mark Buesgens, R-Jordan; and Greg Davids, R-Preston.
‚ÄúWe have an illegal immigration problem here in Minnesota,‚Äù Drazkowski told Politics in Minnesota. ‚ÄúWe‚Äôve had it for years. We‚Äôve tried as Republicans to bring some reforms to immigration policy in Minnesota. We‚Äôve run into roadblocks each and every time.‚Äù
Yeah, whatever… just like Arizona, right? Must be our proximity to the border.
The bill says, ‚ÄúFor any lawful stop, detention, or arrest made by a law enforcement official‚Ä¶ where reasonable suspicion exists that the person is an alien and is unlawfully present in the United States, a reasonable attempt shall be made‚Ä¶ to determine the immigration status of the person.‚Äù
It also includes punishment when ‚Äúa person is guilty of willful failure to complete or carry an alien registration document.‚Äù