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The Mexican news agency Notimex wrote about Republican presidential hopefuls' positions on immigration after former House leader Newt Gingrich said the U.S. cannot just deport 11 million people in the United States illegally.
"I'm prepared to take the heat for saying, let's be humane in enforcing the law without giving them citizenship, but by finding a way to create legality so that they are not separated from their families," Gingrich said in the Nov. 22 debate.
He came under fire for that, particularly from former Massachusetts Gov.Mitt Romney. Later it was shown that Romney had previously taken a similar approach to Gingrich's. In what was seen as a slight of Romney, the Union-Leader newspaper in New Hampshire, in an editorial backing Gingrich on Sunday, wrote: "We would rather back someone with whom we may sometimes disagree than one who tells us what he thinks we want to hear." New Hampshire is important because it holds the first state primary, on Jan. 10. The Iowa caucuses will take place Jan. 3.
Gingrich said over the weekend in Florida that he was not in favor of amnesty, but that some form of legality needed to be created for immigrant families to have a decent life.
Notimex said a CNN/ORC poll showed 55% wanted to deport illegal immigrants and 42% wanted to allow them to become legal residents. The poll said 53% wanted to build a fence along 700 miles of border with the U.S. while 45% did not. The poll.
Notimex also reported that Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who has fallen in the polls, was the only GOP hopeful who did not oppose all forms of aid to illegal immigrants. He has been criticized for signing a law a decade ago allowing children of illegal immigrants to pay in-state college tuition if they promise to pursue U.S. citizenship.
The news agency also wrote about businessman Herman Cain's plan to put up a fence that would electrocute immigrants and Michele Bachmann's belief that the 14th Amendment does not allow children born in the United States to automatically become U.S. citizens.
Notimex story, El Mexicano (PDF).
Gingrich speaks out on immigration in GOP debate (Los Angeles Times story, Nov. 23)
Los Angeles Times analysis on Gingrich, Nov. 23.
New Hampshire Union-Leader endorses Gingrich (Los Angeles Times story, Nov. 28)
The Union-Leader editorial.