Petition backs ban on ‘illegal immigrants, aliens, refugees’

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Petition backs ban on ‘illegal immigrants, aliens, refugees’

A petition in a northwestern North Dakota county backs the idea of a ban on illegal immigrants and the notion of declaring the county a Second Amendment “gun sanctuary.”

Language on the resolution led by county resident Nicole Engberg offers support “to ban sanctuary cities, illegal immigrants, aliens, refugees in Ward County, North Dakota, and add Ward County, North Dakota, as a Second Amendment gun sanctuary county.”

Egeberg said the immigration issue on the southern border is relevant to Ward County. Undocumented immigrants stress the local law enforcement system, schools and tax dollars, she said at Tuesday county’s commission meeting.

“They have no respect for our laws, no respect for our border and it causes pressure. We have drug trafficking, human trafficking, sex trafficking, amongst many other things,” Engberg said. “We want them removed. We don’t want them brought here illegally. If they want to come here legally, appropriately vetted, they are more than welcome here in the county.”

Enberg said about 5,000 people have signed the petition, the Minot Daily News reported.

The commission did not object to banning illegal immigration and supporting gun rights, which they pointed out are current law. However, commissioners sought more specific resolution language than was included in petitions.

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