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Because creating jobs is such a high priority, Republicans introduce racist immigration law

by The Big E on February 9, 2011 · 1 comment

Minnesota Republicans are focused like lasers on creating jobs in MN.  To that end, Rep. Steve Drazkowski (R-Mazeppa) has introduced some racist, social-issue legislation at the MN State Capitol that won’t create a single job.  Last session, he introduced an AZ-style immmigration bill.  This time he is joined by Bob Barrett (R-Shafer), Mike Benson (R-Rochester) and Glenn Gruenhagen (R-Glencoe) in introducing HR348.  Minnesota Independent has the details:

Minnesota House Republicans introduced a bill Monday that would prevent cities, counties and other local governments from making laws related to immigration enforcement. St. Paul, Minneapolis and Worthington have ordinances on the books that direct city employees to check the immigration status of their residents only in certain instances and instead leave immigration enforcement to federal officials. These “sanctuary cities” are the target of HF348, which would invalidate those local ordinances.

Here’s what is so particularly idiotic about this proposal:  cities are already facing police cuts because the legislature is going to slash Local Government Aid (LGA) again.  So on top of their other duties, they will now be forced to become the immigration police.

Furthermore, if minority communities are fearful of approaching the police, it will simply raise the crime rate.  If criminals know that minorities can’t go to the police, they’ll target them for all kinds of extortion, theft and worse crimes.  All the years of work by police departments across the state to build a better rapport with minority communities will be lost.

seano February 9, 2011 at 11:13 pm

Not only is this disastrous policy for the reasons you mention — particularly the very real public safety impact this is going to have in Minneapolis and St. Paul, but it’s another example of Republican “do as I say, not as I do” politics.

What happened to virtues of local control that they talk so much about?  When push comes to shove, Republicans don’t trust local police to deal with crime in a way that works best for their community, they don’t trust school districts to manage their own budgets so they try to dictate a teacher pay freeze, on and on…

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