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Gingrich, Romney Clash Over Immigration To U.S.

Mitt Romney (left) and Newt Gingrich are the leading candidates for the Republican nomination
Mitt Romney (left) and Newt Gingrich are the leading candidates for the Republican nomination
Just days before the key Florida primary, the two leading candidates for the Republican nomination for U.S. president have clashed in a debate over immigration to America.

Immigration is seen as a particularly powerful issue in Florida, which has a large Hispanic population.

Many of America’s estimated 11 million illegal immigrants are from Latin American countries.

The debate was the final formal Republican debate before the important Florida primary on January 31, in which the winner will claim all of Florida’s 50 delegates in the race for the nomination to oppose President Barack Obama in November’s election.

Nearly 2,300 delegates are at stake nationwide in the Republican race, and a candidate must accumulate the support of at least 1,144 delegates to win the nomination.

'Repulsive' Comments

In the debate in the Florida city of Jacksonville, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, who is narrowly leading in the most recent opinion polls, expressed outrage after his main rival, former House of Representatives Speaker Newt Gingrich, described Romney as the Republican candidate most opposed to new immigration to America.

Romney called the description “repulsive,” saying his father had been born in the United States’ southern neighbor Mexico.

Gingrich has offered what is described as a softer version of immigration policy than most Republican conservatives.

In the debate, Gingrich said U.S. authorities could not, rationally, deport millions of people, and that some who had lived in America for decades should be allowed to stay.

"We're not going to walk in there and grab a grandmother out and kick them out," he said. "I think you have to be realistic in your indignation. I want to control the border. I want English to be the official language of government. I want us to have a lot of changes."

A Two-Horse Race?

Gringrich and Romney agreed that they want to clamp down on illegal immigration to the U.S. They also concurred on creating programs to make sure jobs go only to legal immigrants, and on deporting some of the millions of men and women who are in the United States unlawfully.

Though two other candidates remain in the race, the Republican contest is widely seen as being a competition between Gingrich and Romney.

Gingrich won the primary in South Carolina on January 21, while Romney was victorious in the earlier New Hampshire primary.

But with Romney having more funding and a bigger campaign organization than Gingrich, experts say a Gingrich win in Florida is crucial to his survival in the race.

The two other candidates, Rick Santorum, the former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania, and Texas Congressman Ron Paul, are lagging behind in opinion polls.

compiled from agency reports
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by: Dave Francis from: Indianapolis, IN
January 27, 2012 22:46
Newt Gingrich has no right to offer any amnesty or path to citizenship to any person, as he is not paying for the unfunded mandates for their children's education, or family health care, food stamps, federal housing or other welfare or even a stint in America’s prison system. Nobody in this country should be financially supported by taxpayers, who entered this country illegally or should they get any kind of amnesty? Although President Obama by his special orders has already accomplished this, by deporting criminal aliens and other aliens are allowed to remain here. Problem is to get any job, you have to show your stolen ID and therefore that person has already committed a felony. They are already have stolen millions of jobs with forged or stolen Social Security numbers, birth records--now they want New Mexico provide or re-issue Drivers License?

What next allowed voting in state and federal elections, just like United States citizens? Isn't anything sacred anymore? Mind--illegal aliens have been voting in our elections, using fraudulent Absentee ballots and procured picture ID of a legal citizen in the same family? Fight back and join the TEA PARTY. Go to www.numbersUSA.com, www.judicialwatch.org and www.heritagefoundation.org for stomach churning details of where your taxes are going, for any person who slips past the border or flies in from foreign counties. Hopefully citizen’s voters recall or throw out of office every pro-illegal alien, anti-sovereignty Governor, Judge, Police Chief and city administrator, who is an advocate for wide open borders. If you read the Liberal press, you will never learn the truth or facts. The potentates of each party are to blame for the encouragement illegal alien invaders.

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