Public safety is of paramount importance in communities across the state. The first duty of any government is to protect its citizens. I have led the way in keeping our communities and families safe from those who would do us harm. I supported improving Minnesota’s public safety by passing laws to strengthen penalties for offenders, including locking up the “worst of the worst” sexual predators for life, shutting down meth labs, and assisting victims.

Another growing concern is illegal immigration. I support legislation that allows local police officials to question an individual’s immigration status. Law enforcement regularly detains illegal immigrants for minor offenses only to release them without inquiring about immigration status. Too often that individual goes on to commit a much greater offense.