NAPLES, Fla. (AP) -- Republican Fred Thompson said today the government should yank federal dollars from cities and states that don't report illegal immigrants.
In his first major policy proposal, Thompson challenged presidential rivals Rudy Giuliani and Mitt Romney by criticizing "sanctuary cities" where city workers are barred from reporting suspected illegal immigrants who enroll their children in school or seek hospital treatment.
During a roundtable discussion in Naples, Florida, today, Thompson said taxpayer money shouldn't be provided to illegal immigrants.
The immigration issue is important to many conservatives who influence Republican primaries. Some argue that illegal immigrants are straining schools and hospitals and taking jobs from U.S. citizens.
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