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GOP House hopeful co-authored bills to provide in-state tuition, driving ‘cards’ to illegal immigrants

Republican state legislators running for the Indiana House are stressing the need to combat illegal immigration, while backing a bill that would provide driving “cards” and in-state tuition to people in the U.S. illegally.

State Sen. Mark Messmer, who is running to represent Indiana, said, “I am committed to stopping illegal immigration, protecting our freedoms, protecting the unborn, balancing the federal budget, stopping the woke agenda, “We are committed to addressing pressing issues like job growth in Southwest Indiana.” The 8th Congressional District wrote on its campaign website:

However, Messmer Sponsoring SB200 In 2022, it would provide for illegal immigrants in the state to “apply for learner permits and driver’s cards to obtain driving privileges.”

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Republican state senator Mark Messmer is running to represent Indiana’s 8th Congressional District. (Congress female)

According to a February 2022 report on local ABC affiliate WRTV, the bill was defeated before it was finally voted on in committee, sparking protests by liberal activists, with 100,000 people in Indiana They claim that an illegal immigrant is driving without a license.

Messmer is also co-author of an ongoing bill, SB135, that would allow undocumented immigrants living in Indiana to pay the same college tuition rates as state residents. This means that out-of-state Americans attend in-state schools. You are paying more money illegally than someone else in the country.

To qualify, undocumented immigrant students must submit an affidavit to the university of their choice stating that they have applied for legal status with the U.S. government, or that they will apply for legal status when eligible. There is.

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The bill, currently being considered at the committee level, would not provide financial assistance or grants to eligible undocumented immigrants and would target those who are not eligible for the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. .

“Joe Biden’s border policies create significant challenges and states like Indiana are being forced to respond to their impact. We have the support of law enforcement to do that,” Messmer campaign manager Adam Johnson told FOX. News Digital.

“Senator Messmer has supported legislation that strengthens border security, enforces current immigration laws, and supports efforts to address the impacts of open-door policies in states like Texas, while continuing to support our nation through a consistent voting record. “We have demonstrated that we are committed to maintaining the health of our communities in border policy,” he added.

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Immigrants crossing the border in Texas

Hundreds of migrants cross the Rio Grande from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, on December 5, 2023. (David Peinado/Anadolu via Getty Images)

So far, the only candidate running against Messmer in the Republican primary is surgeon Richard Moss.

Election analysts generally believe the seat is a sure bet for Republicans.

Get the latest on the 2024 campaign trail, exclusive interviews and more with Fox News Digital’s Election Hub.

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