Warm up your jaw...the immigration debate is heating up again in Minnesota

Given all the talk of deporting babies born in the U.S. to parents who do not have the proper papers (you'll find it in Matt Snyders' latest piece and in our Elephants in the Room blog)--this seems like as good a place as any to pile a few more voices on the question of illegal immigration.

First, there is Gov. Pawlenty's new proposal for dealing with the issue of illegal immigration in Minnesota. Really, it's not all that new. There are pieces of it that will be familiar to anybody who was paying attention in 2006, the last time Pawlenty pitched such a proposal (that one didn't get so far). All the same, we are sure see the issue of illegal immigration make some headlines once the State Legislature gets back to it on February 12th.

I recently profiled Mark Cangemi, an experienced immigration cop who retired and took a job at a local immigration law firm known for its zealous defense of immigrant rights. This week Cangemi, the former head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), was on MPR's Gary Eichten's show talking about Pawlenty's proposal. It's worth a listen.

If you, like me, can't get the interview to play on your computer (the future is faster than I am), but your jaw dropped a little bit upon hearing of an immigration-cop-turned-immigration-lawyer, read more about the guy here.

There is, of course, a comment section below. I invite anything except a debate about shipping babies away. There's a place for that discussion, and it ain't here baby shipper.

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