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Immigrants in U.S. should 'speak American': Ex-VP nominee Palin

© Reuters. File photo of Sarah Palin speaking at the 42nd annual Conservative Political Action Conference in Maryland

By Will Dunham

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Immigrants to the United States should "speak American," former Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin said on Sunday, adding her voice to a controversy triggered by Donald Trump's criticism of fellow Republican White House hopeful Jeb Bush's use of Spanish.

"It's a benefit of Jeb Bush to be able to be so fluent in Spanish, because we have a large and wonderful Hispanic population that is helping to build America," Palin said on CNN's "State of the Union."

"On the other hand, you know, I think we can send a message and say: 'You want to be in America? A, you better be here legally, or you're out of...