Obama defends immigration as America's 'oldest tradition'

President Barack Obama launched a full-throated defense of open immigration policies Tuesday, hailing it as America’s “oldest tradition” amid a fierce election-fueled row over tighter rules. Hours before Republican candidates held a security-focused final presidential debate of the year, Obama told 31 newly naturalized Americans that fair immigration was the touchstone of their adoptive country. “Just about every nation in the world, to some extent, accepts immigrants,” Obama said.

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