But Romney went deeper into some corners of the immigration debate that have gotten him in trouble with many Latinos and advocates of more lenient immigration policies
—corners that his campaign doggedly had tried to avoid.
He uttered the controversial word “illegals” when speaking about undocumented immigrants.
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Romney has used the term, which critics deride as dehumanizing, before, but this time it was before tens of millions of viewers and social media users, and on the heels of recent efforts to soften his rhetoric on immigration.
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