Thompson: Deport Illegal Immigrants

By Jennifer Parker

Sep 7, 2007 3:30pm

ABC News’ Christine Byun reports: Republican presidential candidate former Sen. Fred Thompson, R-Tenn.,  fleshed out his position on immigration reform while campaigning  at a townhall meeting in Sioux City, Iowa Friday.

His loudest and most frequent applause came during a lengthy response to a question regarding the status of illegal immigrants living in the United States.

"If we catch illegal immigrants who are here, they need to be deported," Thompson said. "If they want to get back in the right way, get in line with everybody else."

He also called upon Mexico President Felipe Calderon to focus on building his economy.

"We love you, we want to be your friend, but we would ask you to examine your policies as to whether or not it’s wise for your economy to be based on the exportation of your own people," he said.

Thompson’s question and answer session was interrupted by his daughter, Hayden, who walked on stage when he was discussing "what had to be done" in the Middle East.

"Hello Sweetheart, I’ll be finished in a minute," he smiled, as she clung to his left leg.

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