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Republican presidential candidates are outdoing each other in their attempts to appear tough on illegal immigration. Yet reform is well overdue

By Will Straw   January 2008

This Saturday (19th January) and next (26th), South Carolina will become the first southern state to vote in the 2008 Republican and Democratic primary elections respectively. For the Republicans, illegal immigration is likely to overtake the economy and Iraq as the focus of the debate. It has become their hot topic in many states.

Four years ago the subject was barely mentioned in the televised debates between John Kerry and George W Bush. But by the time of the 2006 midterms, the Republicans had made reducing illegal immigration, and specifically the flow of Mexicans entering the country over the southern…

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