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Christine O'Donnell - Chris Coons debate: Immigration

October 13, 2010 |  5:34 pm

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Democrat Chris Coons said he supports a path to legalization for illegal immigrants.

He started by noting that immigration is a federal responsibility and that the government has often let down states, including Arizona and Delaware. He said whole industries depend on illegal workers and that if workers have not committed crimes, there should be a process for them to eventually become legal residents.

Coons said the first step is to strengthen the border, to make it harder to enter the country illegally and to crack down on employers who hire such workers. He said a better ID system was needed to ferret out illegal workers. Undocumented workers who have not committed any crimes would have to learn English, pay a fine and go through a formal process to obtain citizenship.

He did not recommend blanket amnesty for illegal workers.

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