Immigration Controversy Could Overshadow Trump Visit

June 19, 2018 10:40 PM

President Donald Trump announced last week he wanted to come to Duluth to tout the economy and the importance of mining in the 8th congressional district. Fast forward to this week and most of the nation seems to be focused on controversy over a Trump immigration policy separating kids from their parents on the southern border.

"When you stand tomorrow with President Trump in Duluth are you going to stand there and make it clear this is an immoral policy that Minnesota does not agree with, or are you going to go along with that?" DFL gubernatorial candidate Tim Walz asked rhetorically at a State Capitol news conference Tuesday.


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Another DFL candidate for governor, Erin Murphy, plans to hold a news conference in Duluth to ask similar questions. DFL attorney general candidate Keith Ellison will hold a separate news conference to denounce the Trump administration immigration policy.

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Jim Newberger will appear with Trump at his Duluth rally. He says he doesn't agree with the policy of separating children from families in most cases. However, he made it clear he supports Trump and most of his immigration policies.

"What makes America great is that we are a nation of immigrants and I support immigration wholeheartedly as long as it's legal," Newberger said in an interview with KSTP.

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Newberger says he doesn't think the immigration controversy will overshadow the president's message about the importance of mining on the Iron Range and the strength of the economy.

"I think that President Trump is very good at getting his message out and the economy is the number one issue up in the 8th Congressional District," Newberger said.

To keep the focus on those issues, the president will hold a roundtable discussion with several Iron Range leaders about the mining industry before his rally at 6:30 Wednesday night.


Tom Hauser

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