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Ricketts says border security is an important issue

January 15, 2019

Gov. Pete Ricketts said Monday he believes that President Donald Trump “has identified a hugely important issue” in shining the spotlight on a need for more border security, and he urged both Republicans and Democrats to work together to resolve the current impasse in Washington.

The governor’s remarks came in answer to news media questioning following an event at which he signed a proclamation declaring Jan. 16 to be Religious Freedom Day in Nebraska.

Flanked by a number of religious leaders and speaking to an audience composed largely of St. Mary’s Catholic Church school children, Ricketts said it’s important to recognize and celebrate the religious freedom that Americans enjoy.

“We should not take it for granted,” he said. “We should fight for it everywhere we go.

“As Americans and Nebraskans, we have a solemn duty to protect and exercise our right to religious freedom,” Ricketts said.

Also on hand for the brief ceremony in the Governor’s Hearing Room were representatives of the Nebraska Family Alliance and Nebraska Catholic Conference, along with a number of state senators and Secretary of State Bob Evnen.

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