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Published April 14, 2011, 11:43 AM

Dayton drops Pawlenty directive on immigration

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton won't revive his Republican predecessor's directive requiring the state to participate in enforcement of federal immigration law.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton won't revive his Republican predecessor's directive requiring the state to participate in enforcement of federal immigration law.

A spokeswoman told The Associated Press Thursday that Dayton decided against keeping or revamping the 2008 executive order from former Gov. Tim Pawlenty because it wasn't necessary. It had required state cooperation with federal authorities in areas such as customs enforcement and document fraud.

Dayton spokeswoman Katie Tinucci says the order's expiration last week doesn't change anything state agents are already doing.

She says Dayton considered keeping the directive, consulting with legal and public safety advisers as well as immigration advocates.

Pawlenty made headlines when he announced the order and related immigration proposals as part of a get-tough approach toward illegal immigration.

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