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Immigration challenge for Perry in New Hampshire as he tries to build support in 2012 race
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) ' Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry says he opposes a fence along the U.S. border with Mexico.
Speaking to hundreds of New Hampshire voters at a private reception Saturday afternoon, the Texas governor says a fence would be ineffective and take too long to build.
The comments, which produced one angry shout, expose a rift with some conservative voters over Perry's immigration record. Tea party activists in Texas have been particularly upset by his steady opposition to the fence. He also signed a law giving illegal immigrants in-state tuition for Texas universities.
New Hampshire Republicans are just getting to know Perry. He entered the presidential contest three weeks ago and has already surged to the lead in national polls. Saturday's visit was Perry's third to New Hampshire so far.