CARROLL, Iowa (AP) -- Republican presidential candidate Fred Thompson said Thursday there should be few if any exceptions when it comes to enforcing U.S. immigration laws.
Campaigning in Iowa, he said the flow of illegal immigrants would continue without proper enforcement.
Thompson was responding to a question from a man who told of a friend who is a chicken farmer and has to hire workers from Mexico, hoping they have legal status.
While the U.S. president represents that chicken farmer, Thompson said, he also represents millions of other people and future generations who want the nation's laws enforced.
Thompson said the legal immigration system in the U.S. has inefficiencies and people get caught up in the bureaucracy. But he said the rule of law must be the top priority.
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