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Rep. Jordan: ‘My ancestors supported immigrants - I see no reason to change’

Rep. Paulette Jordan, D-Plummer (Betsy Z. Russell)
Rep. Paulette Jordan, D-Plummer (Betsy Z. Russell)

Rep. Paulette Jordan, D-Plummer, a member of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe, who cast the only “no” vote against a new immigration bill this morning, said she finds “two sets of ironies” about the vote. “As the only indigenous person in the room, the irony is seeing immigrants have prejudice toward other immigrants, and then putting that prejudice on local counties,” she said. “I fully support sanctuary cities. My ancestors supported immigrants – I see no reason to change. I believe in humanity first.”

She said the new legislation, which would strip “sanctuary cities” of their state sales tax funds and require local law enforcement officers to enforce federal immigration laws against anyone they’ve arrested on a misdemeanor or felony charge, ”really does not bode well for Idaho, and is not the heart of Idaho.”



Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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