At his regularly scheduled news conference Wednesday, Governor Dave Freudenthal said that the federal government is offloading its responsibilities for border enforcement and immigration onto the states. As for whether or not Wyoming should pass Arizona-style immigration legislation, the Governor said the state’s immigration problems are not on the same level.
The Governor also discussed the suggestion that the 14th Amendment to the U. S. Constitution should be changed to close what some have termed a loophole; that children born in this country are automatically U.S. citizens.
Noting that both political parties have ignored the Federal responsibility with respect to the border, the Governor said they’re more concerned about how many boots show up at the election polls rather than how many boots are on the border.
Another federal issue the Governor discussed was the announcement by U.S. District Court Judge William F. Downes of Casper that he will retire next July. The governor said there is an element of protecting Wyoming that comes into play.
In the process of naming Judge Downes’ successor, Freudenthal, as the highest-level elected official in Wyoming who is of the same political party as the sitting president, will submit three names to the president for his consideration. Judge Downes will retire in July, 2011.