GOP candidates spar on immigration, border fence

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9/12/2011 9:59:09 PM - AP News
Republican presidential candidate Texas Gov. Rick Perry salutes as he arrives for a Republican presidential debate Monday, Sept. 12, 2011, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara) The Associated Press Republican presidential candidates former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, right, talks to Texas Gov. Rick Perry during a break in a Republican presidential debate Monday, Sept. 12, 2011, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Mike Carlson) The Associated Press Republican presidential candidate former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum gestures during a Republican presidential debate Monday, Sept. 12, 2011, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Mike Carlson) The Associated Press Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, gestures during a Republican presidential debate Monday, Sept. 12, 2011, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Mike Carlson) The Associated Press Republican presidential candidates former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, center, gestures as he stands with Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, left, and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, right, during a Republican presidential debate Monday, Sept. 12, 2011, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Mike Carlson) The Associated PressTAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Texas Gov. Rick Perry says a massive fence along the U.S.-Mexican border isn't the answer to the nation's immigration challenges and instead says Washington should send thousands of border agents and National Guard to patrol the area.Perry faced tough immigration questions during Monday's Republican presidential debate. Perry says Texas offered incentives for illegal immigrants to contribute to their communities, including in-state tuition rates for those who wanted to pursue higher education.His rivals seized on his record, saying Perry was rewarding illegal behavior. Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota says taxpayer dollars shouldn't pay for benefits for those who have broken U.S. laws. Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman says Perry's position on the border fence is "treasonous." Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney adds that immigrants don't want government hand-outs.