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Where the Candidates Stand on Illegal Immigration

As part of our series on issues leading up to what has become a national primary on Super Tuesday, Robert Siegel talks with Carrie Kahn about the presidential candidates' positions on immigration.

While most of them agree on securing the border, John McCain stands apart from the Republican field in proposing a chance at citizenship for illegal immigrants.

Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee have vied to be the toughest candidate on the issue, suggesting that those without proper documentation would have just months to leave the country before facing penalties.

On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama agree on the need for sweeping immigration reform, but differ on whether to grant driver's licenses to illegal immigrants.

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Carrie Kahn is NPR's International Correspondent based in Mexico City, Mexico. She covers Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central America. Kahn's reports can be heard on NPR's award-winning news programs including All Things Considered, Morning Edition and Weekend Edition, and on NPR.org.
Robert Siegel
Prior to his retirement, Robert Siegel was the senior host of NPR's award-winning evening newsmagazine All Things Considered. With 40 years of experience working in radio news, Siegel hosted the country's most-listened-to, afternoon-drive-time news radio program and reported on stories and happenings all over the globe, and reported from a variety of locations across Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, and Asia. He signed off in his final broadcast of All Things Considered on January 5, 2018.