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Kingston, Perdue united in opposition to Senate immigration reform bill

Immigration Reform
Posted at 9:40 PM, Jul 04, 2014
and last updated 2014-07-04 21:40:00-04

ATLANTA, Ga. (AP) - Republican Senate candidates Jack Kingston and David Perdue both say they would have voted against a bipartisan immigration reform bill that passed in the Senate last year.

 The Associated Press recently interviewed the two ahead of the July 22 runoff. The winner will face Democrat Michelle Nunn in November.

 Kingston and Perdue say they oppose amnesty for the estimated 11 million people living in the U.S. without legal status and say securing the border is the first priority.

 Kingston says those living in the U.S. without legal status might be "inclined to leave on their own" if existing laws were enforced and pressure placed on employers who knowingly hire them. Perdue says he would advocate for lawmakers to tackle the border issue separately to get an agreement passed.