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High noon in Washington over illegal immigration

Even the strongest Republican critics of Obama's proposals don't have an alternative plan for what to do with the millions of illegal immigrants and their children who grew up in the US

A protester in a demonstration in favour of immigration reform outside the White House last Friday.


FOR most of the decades that followed the American Civil War, the Democratic Party became the political home of voters in the southern states that had been defeated by a Republican president in 1865 after trying to secede from the United States.

About 100 years later, in...

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