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State Senate committee to look into immigration issues

A Minnesota Senate committee will have the specific task of looking into immigration issues.

Sen. Ann Rest's State and Local Government Operations and Oversight Committee will take on those responsibilities, which previously did not fall under any committee chairman's jurisdiction.

"Policies that concern the daily lives of immigrants to Minnesota seem to be an appropriate addition to the committee's jurisdiction," said Rest, a New Hope Democrat. "Overall reform of U. S. immigration laws, however, including border security, requires federal action."

Even if the federal government controls most immigration laws, many state laws touch on the subject. Beginning when the 2008 legislative session begins Feb. 12, those bills will make a stop in Rest's committee.

Minnesota Capitol Bureau reporter Scott Wente contributed to this report.

Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.