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Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump on Wednesday accused rival Ted Cruz of supporting “amnesty” as tensions between the leading GOP candidates escalate. 
 
“Ted was in favor of amnesty,” Trump said on CNN’s “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer,” responding to the Texas senator’s claim that he’s tougher on immigration.
 
{mosads}The real estate mogul addressed the feud between Cruz and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) over each other’s past immigration stances. 
 
Cruz has knocked Rubio’s role in the Gang of Eight comprehensive immigration reform bill in 2013. Rubio, who is also running for the Republican presidential nomination, has hit back at Cruz for pushing for amendments during the bill’s negotiations.
 
“Him and Marco Rubio have been fighting about who’s weaker,” Trump said.
 
He repeated his frequent line that Cruz and other GOP candidates have copied his idea to build a wall at the U.S. southwestern border with Mexico.
 
“Now he’s taking my idea for the wall,” Trump continued. “All of a sudden, they’re trying to come over into my territory.”
 
Cruz on Tuesday highlighted how he differs from Trump on immigration, saying he goes a step further by opposing legal citizenship for immigrants who were previously deported.
 
“Look, there’s a difference,” he told a questioner in Boone, Iowa, in footage first reported on by BuzzFeed. “He’s advocated allowing folks to come back and become citizens. I oppose that.”
 
But Trump has expressed openness to allowing those immigrants to come back into the country if they do so legally.
 
“I think you should let them come back if they’re very good people. You let them come back legally,” the billionaire said Wednesday. “I’m building a wall, but I want people to come in.”
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