Tim Pawlenty on Immigration
Republican MN Governor
SANTORUM: Well, I'm the son of a legal immigrant, and believe in legal immigration. But the federal government should not require states to provide government services.
Q: [to Pawlenty]: Should each state decide what it does on immigration? Or would you make this is a federal purview, period?
PAWLENTY: I'm a strong supporter of state rights, but if the federal government won't do its job--in this case, protecting and securing our border--then let the states do it. And they will. When President Bush asked governors to volunteer their National Guard to go to the border to help reinforce our border, through Operation Jump Start, I was one of the few governors who did it. I sent Minnesota National Guard there to reinforce the border, and it works. And that's what we need to do.
"It's not a one-size-fits-all answer. I think you have to go through the group of 12 or 15 million people and look at, you know, have they been crime free? Have they served in the military? And make some decisions on a case-by-case basis."
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