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Immigration is Hot Topic for Republican Debates

POSTED: Wednesday, November 23, 2011 - 2:46pm

UPDATED: Friday, November 25, 2011 - 3:11pm

Newt Gingrich gambled his newfound frontrunner status with a bold statement about illegal immigration during Tuesday night's GOP Presidential debate.

"I don't see how the party that says it's the party of the family is going to adopt an immigration policy which destroys families that have been here a quarter century, and I'm prepared to take the heat for saying, 'Let's be humane in enforcing the law'" Gingrich said.

On Wednesday Mitt Romney was pushing back.

"People who come here illegally should not have a special break," Romney said.

Romney appears to be doubling down in Iowa, where he's still struggling to connect with conservatives. Far from the campaign fray, President Obama was pardoning turkeys at the White House. Two months from now Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina will be settled and the GOP field clarified.

But for now...

"Conservatives are continuing to look around for an alternative, and at the moment, they seem to like Newt Gingrich, but it's hard to tell whether he has staying power," says political analyst Stu Rothenberg.

The latest polls show President Obama ahead of the leading Republican candidates, but not by much.

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What they need to understand is that the free handouts are killing us right now. We give more freedom and handouts to illegal immigrants. From free food for their children, housing vouchers, to free college.

Destryoing a family, that has been here for a quarter century, thats just 25yrs. So your saying the parents of this family have been here for 25yrs and never learned english.

Call any #800 anywhere in the U.S. press 1 for spanish is all you here.

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