Governor wants police to be able to ask about immigration statusby Cathy Wurzer, Minnesota Public Radio
Gov. Tim Pawlenty has asked the cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul to make it easier for police officers to ask about a person's immigration status. Pawlenty made his request in a letter to the city councils of the two cities. Both cities have ordinances that generally keep police from asking about immigrant status unless it relates to illegal activity. Pawlenty wants the cities to change their ordinances. He says it will help law enforcement protect homeland security. Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer spoke with Paul Ostrow, president of the Minneapolis City Council.