ST. PAUL, Minn. – Republican candidate for attorney general Doug Wardlow is taking a stance against sanctuary cities, emphasizing the role of the attorney general in keeping Minnesotans safe.
In an interview on WCCO on Sunday, Wardlow called out “very dangerous” sanctuary city policies, saying Minnesotans need an attorney general who is going to stand up for public safety.
“Sanctuary city policies are very dangerous,” Wardlow told host Esme Murphy. “They put Minnesotans at risk. And they undermine public safety. I think it is very important that the attorney general work with federal law enforcement to make sure Minnesotans are safe by enforcing our immigration laws.”
Some Minnesota cities, like Minneapolis and St. Paul, have laws prohibiting city employees from asking an individual about their immigration status. Wardlow says those laws should be struck down.
“I think those laws should be struck down,” Wardlow said on WCCO. “I would look for ways to put pressure on those cities to change those policies that are making Minnesotans less safe.”
Wardlow also called out his opponent Keith Ellison for advocating for the elimination of national borders. In May, Ellison marched in a parade wearing a shirt that said “I do not believe in borders” in Spanish. Ellison has also called national borders an “injustice” by not allowing the free flow of people seeking higher wages.
“The fact of the matter is we can’t have the top law enforcement official in the state who doesn’t believe in borders,” Wardlow said during the interview.
“I think it is important that we have borders,” Wardlow added. “I think it is important that we enforce our immigration laws. And I think it is important that the attorney general not flout federal law.”
Wardlow was recently endorsed by the Police Officers of Minneapolis Federation. Lt. Bob Kroll, President of the Police Federation, emphasized Wardlow’s commitment to police officers and upholding the law.
“Doug Wardlow understands the job of law enforcement officers and the challenges we face,” Kroll said. “He will be a strong leader for police officers across Minnesota. We are excited about Doug’s vision to refocus the Attorney General’s office on promoting law and order in our State.”
“We trust that as Attorney General, Doug Wardlow will have our back. He will stand with law enforcement and work with us to keep Minnesota families safe,” Kroll added.
Watch the full WCCO interview here.