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Democrat Jenny Wilson challenges Mitt Romney on immigration

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) U.S. Senate candidate Jenny Wilson holds a news conference in Salt Lake City, Thursday Aug. 2, 2018, to announce her vision for immigration reform. At right is Saida Dahir.

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Jenny Wilson is throwing down the gauntlet to Mitt Romney on immigration.

Wilson said in a news conference Thursday Romney is “out of touch” with Utah voters on the issue. She says Romney’s policies are harsh, including ending so-called chain migration, a term critics use to describe family-based immigration. He’s also supported a border wall backed by President Donald Trump.

Wilson says the one-time presidential candidate should "come out of hiding" and accept her invitation to debate on the issue.

Romney’s campaign declined to comment. The two candidates are set to debate a number of issues Oct. 9.

Wilson says she supports funding border security but is against a border wall. She also wants to reform Immigration and Customs Enforcement but rejects calls to abolish it.

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