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Several North Dakota law enforcement leaders and business owners meet in Grand Forks to share their concerns about illegal immigration

(Grand Forks, ND) – Several members of the state’s law enforcement agencies testified under oath before members of the U.S. House of Representatives today to discuss illegal immigration across the Canadian border into North Dakota.

Speakers at the event included North Dakota Attorney General Drew Wrigley, Cass County Sheriff Jesse Jahner, Walhalla Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Rebecca Davis and Renville County Sheriff Rodger Hutchinson. Each speaker submitted written testimony that was presented to lawmakers for consideration. The testimony covered a wide range of topics, including descriptions of an “open borders” policy, impacts of fentanyl and other illegal drugs in North Dakota, safety concerns regarding illegal immigration and more.

“You can buy M30 pills near the southern border for as little as .25 cents per pill and sell the same pill in our area for $60 to $80, which dramatically increases the profit margin,” said Sheriff Jesse Jahner, citing this as one of the main reasons drug traffickers sell their drugs in our area. Sheriff Jahner went on to say that public safety is not a political issue and urged the lawmakers in attendance to push for either closing the state's borders or for structured policies that prioritize citizen safety.

Click below for a full video of the House Judiciary Committee meeting.

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