Immigration proposals reignite debate
ST. PAUL - Gov. Tim Pawlenty spurred the first major legislative debate of 2008 on Monday by offering a revised plan to combat illegal immigration in Minnesota.
The governor's proposals - some of which need legislative approval - prompted Democrats to describe the announcement as election-year politicking on what actually is a federal issue.
Surrounded by supporters and GOP lawmakers, the Republican governor said immigration is an "enormous benefit" to the United States.