U.S. Rep. Roy Blunt, R-Mo, speaks at his watch party after winning the Republican U.S. Senate primary, Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2010 in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam) By Tom Gannam
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Republican Roy Blunt and Democrat Robin Carnahan both contend the federal government is failing to adequately secure the nation's borders.
But Missouri's leading U.S. Senate candidates disagree about whether states should start filling that gap.
Blunt, a congressman from southwest Missouri, says he supports an Arizona law authorizing its police to check people's immigration status. Blunt also says he would support a federal law giving similar powers to local police nationwide.
Carnahan, Missouri's secretary of state, says such a hypothetical federal law would impose an unnecessary burden on local police. She says that states should not have to resort to enforcing immigration laws themselves.
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