MN House Pushes Police To Enforce Immigration Laws

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The immigration debate came to a simmer Monday as the House voted to push Minneapolis and St. Paul police to turn over more illegal immigrants to federal authorities.

The 94-37 vote for the bill - to do away with local ordinances restricting officers from asking immigrants about their legal status - signals turbulence ahead. A GOP-led House committee is slated to hear the specifics of Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s proposed crackdown on illegal immigration Tuesday.

The police bill faces tougher sledding in the Democrat-controlled Senate, where leaders are backing a plan heavy on assistance for legal immigrants but without the many of the stringent measures sought by the Republican governor.

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