Immigration On The Campaign Trail

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012 - 8:41am

Mitt Romney and The President talk immigration after the Supreme Court Ruling.

In politics this morning: immigration and health care on the campaign trail.

The U.S. Supreme Court handed down one big ruling Monday - on immigration. We're awaiting their decision on whether the health law is legal later this week.

When the health decision comes down, it will be huge no matter which way the court rules. For now, both President Obama and Mitt Romney are reacting to the court's split decision on immigration.

The Supreme Court says Arizona can check to see if people they stop are legal. But it cannot require immigrants to carry papers, stop them from working, or arrest them for minor offenses, like jaywalking. "It's going to be fought legally and politically - there's no question about it," said Rep. Raul Grijalva, (D) Arizona.

Mitt Romney and President Obama are both courting Latino voters. Polls show the President has a three to one advantage.

Mr. Obama promised to keep fighting to allow children of immigrants to stay here legally. "I know where I stand on this. I know the choice I make," said the President.

In a statement, Romney said states need more power to secure their own borders. Republican Rob Portman - rumored to be on Romney's short list for a running mate - criticized the President for not delivering comprehensive immigration reform: "This President apparently isn't interested in pursuing something that he indicated in his campaign that he would do in his first year," said the Senator from Ohio.

Now we wait to see if the high court will uphold the health law requiring everyone to buy insurance. Analysts say both issues may have little impact by November. "Neither of them are going to be as important as the state of the economy in November when voters go to the polls," says CNBC Chief Washington Correspondent John Harwood.

Tracie Potts, NBC News.
 

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