GOP Lawmakers At Odds On Border Issues Headed Into Governor’s Speech

Pierre, SD) — South Dakota’s Republican-dominated Legislature is at odds about the next moves for problems at the southern border. It comes ahead of Governor Kristi Noem’s special address on immigration to a joint gathering of the Legislature today. Republican leaders in the State House and Senate on Tuesday introduced a resolution expressing dissatisfaction with how President Biden has been handling illegal immigration. But it hasn’t yet reached a majority with only about half of Republicans in the chamber signed on as co-sponsors. Some other state GOP leaders are also looking to limit future deployments of the South Dakota National Guard outside of the state’s borders. Noem hasn’t given much detail about her speech, but House Republican leader Will Mortenson says a special address is rare and being taken seriously.

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