Back in March, Mr. Mechtel made a statement in an interview about illegal aliens and immigration.
March 29, 2006:
Interviewer: Sure. One quick follow-up. One thought that I’ve had and I wanted to get your thought on it, was a key to maybe making it less, providing less of an incentive to illegal immigrate might be to make our legal immigration process easier, more streamlined. Is that something you agree with?September 6, 2006 he made this statement:
Mr. Mechtel: Absolutely, absolutely. We can work on streamlining that process and you know to the point right now where we do have illegals in the country, you know, let’s, let’s give them an amnesty period to get signed up and go through a period where they can legalize themselves so we don’t criminalize the people that are already here. They’ve made it here, let’s give them the opportunity to get melded into the system, let’s give them the opportunity to be legal. That way we can get a handle on this thing right to start with. We’ve got to start somewhere and there’s no perfect solution to this so, you know, that’s definitely one way we could start.
Fuglie said it is “interesting that the first debate on illegal immigrants in North Dakota this year is between Matt Mechtel and Matt Mechtel.”