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Need comprehensive immigration reform: Republican candidates

Need comprehensive immigration reform: Republican candidates

From Lalit K Jha Washington, Dec 16 (PTI) Republican presidential candidates today vowed to revamp the flawed immigration system of the country, in particular the legal immigration, with one noting that half of the Fortune 500 companies in US were founded by immigrants. "In terms of immigration and illegal immigration, this President has so screwed up this economy, nobody is coming anymore," Jon Huntsman, leading Republican presidential candidate said during a debate in Iowa. "But let's not lose sight of the fact that legal immigration is an engine of growth for this country. Half of the Fortune 500 companies in this country today were founded by immigrants...our visa system is so screwed up in this nation," Huntsman said responding to questions on immigration system. He added, "You've got to completely remake the way that people are moving back and forth, our H-1B visa system, how we're dealing with movement of people, how we're dealing with immigration. This is an economic development opportunity, and we are missing it." MORE

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