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SOUTH DAKOTA IS NOT A SANCTUARY STATE


Minutemen Advocate Against Illegal Immigration
KTIV TV, 4/19/08

The Minutemen say the reason for today's rally was simply to call the public's attention to the issue of illegal immigration.

And they did that by calling attention to themselves, holding up signs and flags along Dakota Avenue in South Sioux City.

If you drove down Dakota Avenue in South Sioux City on Saturday, you couldn't have missed them.

"We could be out here with signs with smiley faces on them," said Minuteman Mike Narducci. "And somebody would still drive by and say, look at the nuts. Look at the kooks, or whatever."

Their display of flags and signs prompted reactions from motorists, both in support of and in opposition to the Minutemens' hardline stance against illegal immigration.

"We want them to see us," Narducci said. "And we are actually drawing people off the streets. We've had multiple requests for applications and information."

The minutemen believe the public needs to pay more attention to the immigration issue. That's why they're bringing the issue out into the public.
Littleknown Senate candidate's key issue: illegal immigration...
AP, 3/24/08

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) The first Republican U-S Senate candidate to qualify for the June 3rd primary ballot says his key issue is illegal immigration.

Charles Lyonel Gonyo of Trent says he spent the last 12 years fighting illegal immigration. He says he'll be the only candidate quoting now "that's pro-American." Gonyo says he attended South Dakota State University and that he worked as a veterinarian before focusing on illegal immigration. He wouldn't divulge his age or say talk much about what he does for a living.
Elected officials must earn trust about immigration reform
Elmer Smith for the Sioux City Journal, 3/11/08

SIOUX CITY -- Recently some Republican lawmakers have put forth some bills designed to make it more difficult for illegal immigrants to obtain United States government benefits. This should make illegal immigration less tempting and push people to look toward legal immigration as millions have already done. In general, I support this but I do have one question. Why has this taken so long?

For a couple of decades now, people have been illegally crossing our border and little has been done to put a stop to it. When I hear that millions violated our laws and our border I get the sense that it is not immigration we are dealing with but a mass uncontrolled migration. That creates a situation in which any country wishing to maintain its identity and sovereignty must act.
Will South Dakota now be in the immigration enforcement business?
South Dakota War College, 1/12/08

Thereís a bill in this session (HB 1121) that makes it a state offense for employers to employ illegal aliens:

HOUSE BILL NO. 1121

Introduced by: Representatives Hackl, DeVries, Elliott, and Novstrup (Al) and Senators Olson (Ed), Albers, Gant, and Hanson (Gary)

FOR AN ACT ENTITLED, An Act to prohibit the employment of illegal aliens and to provide a penalty therefor.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA:
Section 1. No person may knowingly employ any illegal alien. Any violation of this section is a criminal offense but is punishable only by a fine not to exceed five thousand dollars for each offense.

Track the billís progress here. This one could be kind of interesting, as it leads me to assume that local authorities - those closest to the ground - would have a big hammer in investigating and enforcing illegal immigration and undocumented workers.

If the federal government is unable or unwilling to deal with the problem, as usual, it falls to the states. If Iíd want anything else in the bill, it might be some more teeth. But itís a start - a good start.
Local Aliens Fear Crackdown
By Randy Dockendorf for the Yankton Press & Dakotan, 4/22/06

Sister Consuelo Chavez, who translates for the local Hispanic community, says illegal aliens are concerned about the proposed tougher immigration laws in Congress and crackdowns under way on employers who hire illegal aliens.

In her work with local Hispanics, Sister Consuelo Chavez said she finds a great deal of anxiety among them concerning the immigration-reform effort in Congress.

“There are 500 Hispanics in Yankton -- that is the number I get from the Hispanics themselves,” the American-born nun said. “But how do you know? Some many of them fear being found. Until there is a way for them to be legally here, they will be under-reported in the census.”

Hispanics are watching the proposed federal legislation and renewed crackdown of illegal aliens with intense interest, Sister Consuelo said. What happens in Washington could drive the growing number of illegal aliens even further underground, she added.

“They are very nervous. I can't encourage them not to be nervous,” she said. “I want them to know what might happen. They know they need to obey the laws and not rattle anything.”
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