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United States: Clinton Says Immigration A Crucial Issue

Washington, 7 January 1997 (RFE/RL) - President Bill Clinton says the United States can still teach the world how different ethnic and cultural groups should get along.

In White House remarks to religious leaders yesterday, Clinton said that Americans have learned "about how hard it is for people of different races to get along," but he says immigration has served the United States well.

The president says that if Americans can find a way to show the world the example of their freedom "in the 21st-century global, interdependent world in which anybody from anywhere can live here," then what he calls the preeminence of the United States will be assured throughout the next century.

Clinton was re-elected in November. He will take the oath of office for his second and final four-year term in two weeks.