On Thursday, Tucker Carlson debated Gov. Dannel Malloy (D-Conn.) on his response to President Trump's order that states comply with federal immigration laws when dealing with illegal immigrants.

This week, Malloy issued a memo to law enforcement and school officials, telling them they do not have to abide by federal immigration laws or fully cooperate with ICE.

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"The president can't order [the state] to do federal work," Malloy said, "We're not standing in the way of that happening," he said on "Tucker Carlson Tonight."

Carlson pointed to the state's dire financial situation, adding that its capital city, Hartford, "is on the verge of bankruptcy" and asked Malloy whether responding to Trump's order in that manner helps Connecticut citizens facing the other issues.

"We should not be expending local dollars [or] state dollars," Malloy said, adding that a few years ago, the state legislature unanimously passed a referendum that mirrored Malloy's instructions in his response.

In response to Malloy's "federalist" argument, Carlson pointed to the governor's stern rebuke of President Trump's decision to reserve transgender restroom policies to the states, undoing a 2016 order by former President Barack Obama.

"I don't think discrimination and bigotry are state issues," Malloy said, "Why should someone be required to use a facility thy are no longer equipped [to utilize] because it was on their birth certificate?"

Watch the full debate above, and read more about Malloy's memo to his state authorities HERE.

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