SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO AM) - Three of the four Republican candidates running for the U.S. Senate from South Dakota took questions at a forum at the University of Sioux Falls last night.
The hot topic was illegal immigration.
State Senator Stace Nelson says he proposed, and passed, a plank to the South Dakota G-O-P platform last year. It states: "South Dakota Republicans hold that our government was instituted to observe the blessings of freedom and that exploitation of illegal aliens is an unqualified evil and antithesis of ffree." He admits plagerizing that statement from Abraham Lincoln.
Doctor Annette Bosworth says securing the borders is crucial. As a physician, she says, she's seen first hand the health issue illegal immigrants have without the proper process. She says it impacts the patients she see with communicable diseases that were not checked for.
State Senator Larry Rhoden says granting amnesty to illegal aliens is putting the cart before the horse. He asks why would we give illegal immigrants a short cut in line to pepole who have gone through a fairly difficult process to gain citizenship in this country and done the right thing. He says it makes no sense.
The fourth Republican candidate, former Governor Mike Rounds, did not attend the forum.
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