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Former state Sen. Scott Pruitt -- a candidate for Oklahoma attorney general -- plans to announce on Thursday that, if elected, he will sue the federal government for all expenses his state incurs as a result of illegal immigration.
Pruitt, a minor league baseball team owner, is facing former Gov. Frank Keating's son-in-law, Ryan Leonard, in the primary.
Pruitt plans a promise to "hold the federal government accountable for all expenses the state incurs," campaign consultant Terry Allen told Fox News, including in jails, schools, medical facilities and more.
The states do get federal funding
to cover these types of expenses, but state officials have long complained that it's not nearly enough.
Allen said Pruitt will claim the expenses amount to an "unfunded mandate" from the federal government, something Congress tries to minimize but often imposes on states.