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    Clinton, Sanders Trade Barbs on Immigration in Florida Debate

    Democratic presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton enters the stage after a break as Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt,  makes notes, March 9, 2016.
    Democratic presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton enters the stage after a break as Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt, makes notes, March 9, 2016.
    Ken Schwartz

    Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders challenged each other's records, particularly on immigration, in a sometimes contentious debate Wednesday night in the southeastern state of Florida.

    They compete in a primary there and in four other delegate-rich states next Tuesday with Vermont Senator Sanders trying to build off a surprise win in Michigan and catch the former secretary of state.

    Clinton criticized Sanders for voting against an immigration reform bill in 2007, while he slammed Clinton for opposing a push to allow illegal immigrants to obtain driver's licenses.  But both candidates said they would not deport children or immigrants who do not have a criminal record.

    Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt, speaks at the Univision-Washington Post Democratic presidential debate at Miami-Dade College in Florida, March 9, 2016.
    Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt, speaks at the Univision-Washington Post Democratic presidential debate at Miami-Dade College in Florida, March 9, 2016.

    They addressed Republican candidate Donald Trump's much different stances on immigration that include a pledge to build a wall at the Mexican border and deporting the 11 million people living in the country illegally.

    Clinton called the wall plan a fantasy, while Sanders said the idea of removing 11 million people is a "vulgar, absurd idea."

    Clinton again defended using a personal email account for official business when she was secretary of state, repeating her assertion that she did nothing illegal. When asked if she will pull out of the presidential race if she faces criminal charges, an exasperated Clinton said she would not even respond.

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    Clinton, Sanders Spar on Immigrationi
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    March 10, 2016 4:38 PM
    Democratic presidential contenders Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders traded barbs on immigration during a debate in Florida, March 9, 2016.

    Sanders said he is the strongest candidate to beat Republican front-runner Donald Trump in a head-to-head match.

    Referring to the top Republican, Sanders said the American people are never going to elect a president who insults Mexicans, Muslims, women and blacks.

    While Clinton declined to outright call Trump a racist, she turned his campaign slogan against him by saying: "You don't make America great by getting rid of everything that made America great."

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    by: Lou from: Atlanta
    March 10, 2016 10:54 AM
    Now these two are promising everything to everybody, do you think I could get a new head of hair at government expense?

    by: Marcus Aurelius II from: NJ USA
    March 10, 2016 10:40 AM
    If you are not going to control who can and can't legally enter and stay in a country, what's the point of having borders at all? If you don't have an effective border, you're not even a country. Same with Currency. Look at the EU, it's not a country. Suddenly borders are going back up.

    By an act of Congress anyone escaping Communist Cuba who makes it to US soil is allowed to stay. Marco Rubio is a US citizen. It's not clear that Ted Cruz is though. I think he's legally a Canadian citizen, not a US citizen. He was born in Canada at a time when there was no such thing as dual citizenship (absurd concept) and his mother and father were able to vote in Canada which means they were Canadians. We get a lot of Canadians crossing the border. Over 90% of them live within 100 miles of their southern border. Fortunately it's easy to identify them. As soon as they say "aboot" instead of "abowt" we've get them pegged as aliens. They watch every move we make, we barely know they exist. Sometimes I go years without thinking about Canada even once.

    by: PermReader
    March 10, 2016 9:23 AM
    By appointing the immigrant`s son a president, America created its main political question a immigration.Is it for long?

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