The South Dakota “Independent” candidate for Senate Larry Pressler is campaigning on the importance of embracing illegal immigrants in America.
Pressler is challenging Democratic candidate Rick Weiland and former Republican South Dakota Governor Mike Rounds for the Senate seat held by Democratic Senator Tim Johnson.
Rounds indicated that the United States should provide legal status for millions of illegal immigrants to stay in the United States and pay taxes so long as they went to the “back of the line.”
Rounds is currently leading the Senate race, but facing a closer than expected challenge by Pressler and Weiland, prompting both Republicans and Democrats to increase spending in the state.
Rounds explained that first, the federal government had to secure the border, because members of Congress wouldn’t support legislation to reform immigration without knowing that the border was secure.
Rounds called for Congress to find ways “to bring individuals to this country that we need for those jobs that we have in demand,” but said that it would have to be for the “betterment of our country.”
Weiland hailed the Senate’s bipartisan immigration reform bill passed in 2013, and urged Republicans in the House to bring the bill to the floor.