Eagan — The following is a statement from Tim Pawlenty:
“Tonight’s Fox 9 report that more than $100 million in taxpayer funds are being diverted from Minnesota childcare programs to overseas terrorists is the latest outrageous example of what happens when politically correct politicians look the other way when it comes to criminal behavior.
“The legislature should immediately direct the legislative auditor to investigate. The legislative auditor found in a 2016 audit the state provided hundreds of millions in benefits to people who are here illegally or are otherwise not eligible.
“One of my opponents, Tim Walz, wants Minnesota to become a sanctuary state that doesn’t allow local law enforcement to work with federal officials on immigration issues. That’s a crazy and dangerous plan that would make a challenging situation even worse. It’s beyond time to enforce our laws and keep Minnesotans safe.”