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My name is Laarnie Ortega-Henderson and I immigrated to the United States of America but I did so through the legal process. My home country is the Philippines but I am now proud to call myself an American citizen.

I believe in the American Dream. I work full time and I am a small business owner. I’m not very political at all but I can’t be silent when I see our laws being ignored by the very officials that create them.

When I saw that our state representative, Brad Tabke, was supporting a bill that would provide driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants and that the bill also hid illegal immigrants from federal law enforcement it infuriated me. Why is Tabke working to make the lives easier for illegal immigrants who refuse to respect American laws?

I invested a great deal of my time, money and energy into becoming an American citizen the legal way but Tabke appears to be creating a backdoor for people to come here illegally while impeding the ability for federal authorities from doing their job.

Tabke even admitted that his bill would fine people $10,000 if they didn’t keep information about illegal immigrants a secret from federal law enforcement. Tabke is threatening American citizens with fines if they don’t help hide illegal immigrants in Minnesota!

We all need to remember that America is a beacon of hope and a land of opportunity. I want people to continue to do what I did and immigrate here, immigrants like me helped build this great country. But people should respect our laws and come here legally. And when people don’t come here legally our government officials should be enforcing our laws.

When government officials like Tabke refuse to enforce our immigration laws they encourage more and more illegal immigration. This is a slap in the face of those of us who came here legally. Tabke should be apologizing to every single legal immigrant in Minnesota for placing no value on their time and money invested in doing things legally.

Tabke posted a picture of a flyer left in his mailbox that spoke against his efforts. It showed the flyer was from Citizens Against the Safeguarding of Criminals. That sums it up nicely. If Tabke doesn’t start focusing on helping us citizens instead of criminals, we will be sure his time in St. Paul is short.

Laarnie Ortega-Henderson


South regional editor

Deena is the regional editor for Shakopee, Jordan, Prior Lake and Savage and is passionate about uncovering the truth. Deena also enjoys gardening, playing tennis and up-cycling furniture.


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