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President Obama will visit Minneapolis on Monday, his first trip to Minnesota since winning a second term in November.
White House officials have yet to disclose the time, location or purpose of the visit, but it comes on the heels of Obama unveiling aggressive proposals on immigration and gun control, both of which are hot-button issues in Minnesota.
Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek and Minneapolis Police Chief Janeé Harteau were among a group of law-enforcement leaders who met with Obama at the White House on Monday to discuss ways to reduce gun violence.
The White House has also launched a campaign-style advocacy push on immigration reform. Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak, an Obama ally, issued a release Tuesday praising the president's proposal. "President Obama's immigration-reform proposal today pulls everyone who can contribute to our success out of the shadows and gives them a chance to work and to play by the same rules as everybody else," Rybak said. "His plan lays the essential groundwork for our economic success and the future of the American Dream, not only in Minneapolis but in every corner of our country."
U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, also an Obama supporter, issued a statement in response to the president's proposal, noting that Minnesota has the nation's highest number of refugees per capita. Between 1999 and 2007, more than 34,000 people from more than 30 countries resettled in Minnesota, the release stated. "Immigrants in Minnesota and across the United States contribute to our culture, our economy and our workforce," Ellison said. "It's time we create an immigration system that rewards hard work and lives up to our values of liberty and justice for all."
Obama visited Minnesota five times during his first term.