The South Dakota “Independent” candidate for Senate Larry Pressler is campaigning on the importance of embracing illegal immigrants in America. “We have got to move towards immigration reform, we have to throw our arms around those Mexican Americans that are here, and give them a path to citizenship,” he explained during a Sioux Falls Rotary forum on Monday. 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.” “If you like 12 million people over here without documents, illegally, fine, I don’t, I think we have to address that.” he said. 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
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