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Chet Culver on Immigration

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Feds should deal with immigration, not state police

People stopped by law enforcement officers in Iowa should have to prove their citizenship status, Terry Branstad said. Branstad has previously said state lawmakers should work with local law enforcement to fashion an immigration law that meets Iowa's needs, particularly if the federal government continues to fail to enforce current laws. Gov. Chet Culver said Branstad's idea would create a drain on Iowa taxpayers. Culver previously said that the federal government must take the lead on immigration.

"As Branstad should know, the governor of Iowa has no ability to command that the federal government, whose jurisdiction this falls under, to reimburse local governments across Iowa," said a spokeswoman for Culver. "For Iowans, it's just a shift from one tax to another if Terry Branstad were elected."

Branstad acknowledged the possible costs, telling people at his campaign events Wednesday that he does not want Iowans left paying the bill.

Source: Des Moines Register OpEd on 2014 Iowa governor's race , Jul 10, 2010

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