â€œCitizens of the state are demanding we do something because they are frightened. They know we are a sanctuary state,â€ state Sen. Peggy Palmer, R-Augusta, said during the Senateâ€™s seven hours of debate Wednesday on illegal immigration. â€œThey are coming here and taking our jobs and using our welfare dollars.â€ Fortunately, the majority of Palmerâ€™s colleagues recognize the truth â€” that undocumented workers are taking mostly jobs that citizens donâ€™t want; that employers and the state economy need more workers, not fewer; that illegal residents cannot and do not collect welfare; and that this is the federal governmentâ€™s problem to fix. As for Kansans being â€œfrightenedâ€ â€” if so, itâ€™s because of the fearmongering rhetoric of Palmer and others.
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