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Joanna Weiss

Finally, some humanity on immigration

Newt Gingrich suggested a path to amnesty for law-abiding families at last week’s debate. Newt Gingrich suggested a path to amnesty for law-abiding families at last week’s debate. (Associated Press)
By Joanna Weiss
Globe Columnist / November 27, 2011
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Newt Gingrich’s nuanced ideas about immigration, more than Mitt Romney’s stated ones, reflect what most Americans feel: Illegal immigrants are people, not statistics. Do any of these GOP candidates truly want to live with the human consequences of a policy that says to round ’em up - no matter the circumstances - and send ’em home? It’s hard to believe Romney does. But on immigration, he’s so bound to his standard debating line about eliminating “magnets’’ that he’s backed himself into a corner.

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