Obama, Romney tangle over immigration

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October 16, 2012, 11:57 pm
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HEMPSTEAD, New York (AP) - President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are clashing over immigration, with the Republican accusing Obama of failing to reform the immigration system during his first term.
    
Romney said during the second presidential debate Tuesday night that the U.S. needs to stop illegal immigration, noting that 4 million people are trying to gain American citizenship legally. He says he won't grant amnesty to people who come to the U.S. illegally. Nor would he allow "magnets" for illegal immigrants - including giving them driver's licenses.
    
Romney said he supported providing children of illegal immigrants a pathway to legal status. Obama shot back that Romney opposed the DREAM Act, a failed bill that would have provided just that for many young illegal immigrants.
    
Obama also accused Romney of supporting Arizona's tough immigration law; Romney said he has only championed part of it.

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