BISMARCK, N.D. - The North Dakota legislature is debating a resolution urging Congress and the President to fund a border wall.
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Representative Jake Blum is a sponsor of this bill and says it's important for the state, as a national leader in so many sectors, to have its voice be heard on this issue.
Another government shutdown is looming unless congress can come to an agreement on funding by Friday. At the crux of the issue, the building of a wall. Now some North Dakota legislators are hoping to put support behind President Trump's proposal for tougher security on the southern border.
“This is about reinforcing our respect for legal immigration and our support for the rule of law and it's not a controversial issue,” Blum said.
Blum says it's important to send a message to Congress that the state is behind the proposal. However, others say it's not a step the legislature should be taking as it’s offensive to those living in the area in the country, and to those in Mexico.
“We need a wall at the southern border or any border of this land like we need another attack on the constitution and the bill of rights,” Carol Two Eagle said.
One other person spoke against the resolution, and no recommendation was made during the hearing.
The bill has support from the House and Senate majority leaders.