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Plain Talk: Senator Cramer Says He Could “Easily See” President Trump Saying He’d Pardon Crimes to Build the Border Wall

Plain Talk: Senator Cramer Says He Could “Easily See” President Trump Saying He’d Pardon Crimes to Build the Border Wall

A recent report from the Washington Post claims, based on unnamed sources, that President Donald Trump has said he would pardon crimes in order to help build a border wall between the United States and Mexico. Asked if this report bothers him, Senator Kevin Cramer said, “It does if I believe it.” But Cramer, alluding

The 2020 United States census will begin in spring 2020, but the Complete Count Committee in Willmar has already started working to make sure the community is ready. U.S. Census Bureau photo

The U.S. Census Process Rewards States Which Flout Our Immigration Laws With More Political Clout

The U.S. Constitution mandates a census count every ten years for the purposes of political apportionment. Specifically, how the seats in the U.S. House of Representatives are divvied up among the various states. The census count is also used by the various states to draw their own political lines. Here in North Dakota, our lawmakers

Kevin Cramer speaks with President Donald Trump at Scheels Arena in Fargo on June 27, 2018. Forum file photo

Plain Talk: Senator Cramer Says Trump Was First to Call Border Situation a “Humanitarian Crisis”

Which of the large field of Democrats running for President is the biggest threat to incumbent Donald Trump? “Joe Biden presents the greatest threat,” Senator Kevin Cramer says on this episode of Plain Talk. He says Biden appeals to a larger majority of moderate Americans, a faction of voters obscured by some of the extremism

Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), John Hoeven (R-N.D.), and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) before the start of the Homeland Security Appropriations Conference Committee meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington, Jan. 30, 2019. (Erin Schaff/Copyright 2018 The New York Times)

Plain Talk: Senator Hoeven Says Democrats Will Face Consequences at the Ballot Box if They Don’t Compromise on Border Wall

On this episode of Plain Talk, Senator John Hoeven (R-North Dakota) talks about his role on a conference committee which is tasked with finding a compromise on border security to avoid another government shutdown. The committee had its first meeting this week, and Hoeven says he’s optimistic about finding an agreement. “The President is offering

Eight border wall prototypes in front of the existing wall between Mexico and the United States, in Otay Mesa, Calif., Oct. 30, 2017. (Josh Haner/Copyright 2018 The New York Times)

North Dakota Lawmakers Introduce Resolution Backing Trump’s Call for a Border Wall

Nationally the federal government is shut down over funding for the border wall (or fence or whatever) that President Trump campaigned on in 2016. Here in North Dakota a group of state lawmakers – including House Majority Leader Chet Pollert and Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner – have signed onto a resolution calling for the

President Donald Trump on stage during a campaign rally in Murphysboro, Ill., Oct. 27, 2018. Trump said he was preparing an executive order to end birthright citizenship in the U.S., his latest attention-grabbing maneuver days before midterm congressional elections, during which he has sought to activate his base by vowing to clamp down on immigrants and immigration. (Doug Mills/Copyright 2018 The New York Times)

President Trump Shouldn’t End Birthright Citizenship Through Executive Order

In an interview with Axios, President Donald Trump has announced that he’ll attempt to end birthright citizenship for the children of illegal immigrants by way of an executive order. I say attempt, because any order his administration issues is sure to be immediately challenged in the courts, and his ability to change this policy unilaterally

SEnator Heidi Heitkamp

Senator Heitkamp Votes to Protect Funding for Sanctuary Cities

While her latest Republican challenger, Congressman Kevin Cramer, basks in national attention stemming from his decision to run for the Senate, incumbent Senator Heidi Heitkamp quietly cast a vote to protect funding for sanctuary cities. Sanctuary cities, for the uninitiated, are communities which refuse to cooperate with federal authorities in identifying and apprehending illegal immigrants.

The Cass County Jail on Oct. 12, 2007, in Fargo, N.D. David Samson / The Forum

Prison Official: North Dakota Not at Risk of Losing Federal Funds Over “Sanctuary City” Actions

Last week it was reported that the Department of Justice would be notifying jurisdictions that they would be losing federal funds if they didn’t cooperate with federal authorities in identifying and apprehending illegal immigrants. “Today, the DOJ notified local and state law enforcement agencies across America that they will no longer be eligible for federal

North Dakota Senator elect Heidi Heitkamp (right) reacts to seeing her sister Thomasine Heitkamp at a rally Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012 in Grand Forks, N.D. The two sisters hadn't seen each other since Heidi had won election to the U.S. Senate. Grand Forks Herald photo by John Stennes.

Heidi Heitkamp Protects Funding for Sanctuary Cities With Filibuster Vote

In the Senate today there was a vote on the Stop Dangerous Sanctuary Cities Act, legislation introduced by Senator Pat Toomey, a Republican from Pennsylvania. If passed the legislation would have stopped “a sanctuary jurisdiction from receiving grants under certain Economic Development Assistance Programs and the Community Development Block Grant Program,” per the description at the

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