Idaho’s Wasden joins colleagues in urging immigration reform focused on public safety

Attorney General Lawrence Wasden says U.S. immigration reform should secure borders, ensure predictability for employers and “provide a sensible means to deal with the immigrants  who are county in the country without legal status.”

Wasden was among 36 attorneys general from 31 states, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands who signed a letter to bipartisan congressional leadership  last week. The letter was organized by the National Association of Attorneys General and released this week by the Conference of Western Attorneys General.

“We support a law enforcement strategy that focuses on public safety, targets serious crime, safeguards witnesses and victims, and considers national security implications for porous borders,” wrote the group. “We further urge a reasonable and predictable regulator environment that considers the interests of, and the unintended consequences to businesses, workers and consumers.”

Western state signatories include the attorneys general of Idaho, Oregon, Washington, Utah and Wyoming. The top state lawyers in Montana and Nevada did not sign the letter.




Dan Popkey came to Idaho in 1984 to work as a police reporter. Since 1987, he has covered politics and has reported on 25 sessions of the Legislature. Dan has a bachelor's in political science from Santa Clara University and a master's in journalism from Columbia University. He was a Congressional Fellow of the American Political Science Association and a Journalism Fellow at the University of Michigan. A former page in the U.S. House of Representatives, he graduated Capitol Page High School in 1976. In 2007, he led the Statesman’s coverage of the Sen. Larry Craig sex scandal, which was one of three Pulitzer Prize finalists in breaking news. In 2003, he won the Ted M. Natt First Amendment award from the Pacific Northwest Newspaper Association for coverage of University Place, the University of Idaho’s troubled real estate development in Boise. Dan helped start the community reading project "Big Read." He has two children in college and lives on the Boise Bench with an old gray cat.

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