Duluth city council considers opposing anti-immigration bill

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Duluth city councilors Patrick Boyle and Sharla Gardner are taking action against a Arizona-style immigration bill that’s being considered in the Minnesota Legislature. The Duluth News Tribune reports the two will introduce a resolution against House File 3830.

The bill would require local police officers to enforce federal immigration laws. Opponents to the law, including the St. Paul and Minneapolis police chiefs, say it would erode necessary trust among immigrant communities. Duluth councilor Jay Fosle told the News Tribune, “If someone’s afraid to call the cops, they probably shouldn’t be here in the first place.”

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