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Immigration is high-priority issue for New Hampshire voters

Published:Tuesday | January 26, 2016 | 11:07 PM



People in New Hampshire live nearly 2,400 miles from El Paso, Texas, one of the busiest crossings on America's Southern border. And it's only home to about 10,000 people living illegally in the United States, a far cry from states like California, Texas or Florida.

Yet, illegal immigration is a paramount concern to New Hampshire voters, and Republican presidential candidates are being faced with tough questions from voters in this small, mostly white, state on how they will handle the issue if elected.

While GOP front-runner Donald Trump has called for a wall across the Southern border, many voters in this early voting state are searching for more in-depth solutions to the country's immigration shortfalls. They characterise their concerns with illegal immigration as a case of fundamental fairness combined with national security or economic concerns.