Obama challenges 2016 candidates on immigration

US President Barack Obama answers a question from the audience during an immigration town hall meeting and Telemundo interview at Florida International University in Miami on February 25, 2015US President Barack Obama trained his sights on Republicans and 2016 presidential hopefuls Wednesday, encouraging voters to demand they support immigration reform. Visiting the battleground state of Florida, Obama appealed directly to its large Hispanic community, which overwhelmingly backs measures to grant amnesty to millions of undocumented migrants. “For the next set presidential candidates,” he told a televised town hall meeting, “when they start asking for votes, the first question should be, ‘are you really going to deport 11 million people? Obama said that while he could bypass Congress with executive actions granting amnesty to up to five million people, Congress would need to pass laws to make the changes permanent.

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