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President Barack Obama's admonition at a recent town hall that immigrants should move 'toward assimilation' and learn English has found a welcome audience among conservatives, who are using it to defend President Trump's immigration policy.
Obama made the remarks while speaking to young European leaders at an event for his foundation in Berlin.
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'I worry sometimes when, as we think about how to deal with the immigration issue, we think that any moves towards assimilation of the existing newcomers to the existing culture is somehow a betrayal,' the former president said.
'Should we want to encourage newcomers to learn the language of the country they're moving to? Of course,' continued Obama, whose immigration policies earned him critics from both parties. Some Democrats mocked him as 'deporter in chief' for high levels of deportations. But Obama also set up the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program to extend status for immigrations who came here illegally as their children. Republicans blasted the move as extralegal.
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'It's not racist to say if you're going to be here then you should learn the language of the country you just arrived at,' said Obama. 'We need to have some sort of common language in which all of us can work and learn and understand each other.'
Conservatives, who have been defending Trump from critics amid a surge of border crossings, his demands to...
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