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Obama speaks to Latino group, stays vague on immigration

ORLANDO — A couple of hours before he speaks in Tampa, President Barack Obama acknowledged to a group of Hispanic leaders on Friday the struggling economy but said he was best equipped to carry the country forward and touted his action blocking deportations of young illegal immigrants.

"I refused to keep looking young people in the eye, deserving young people, and telling them 'Good luck, the politics is too hard,' " Obama said.

He said his new policy is not "amnesty" but a short-term measure that lifts "the shadow of deportation," and he called on lawmakers to pass the Dream Act, which would provide a path to citizenship: "To those in Congress saying Congress should be the ones to fix this, absolutely."

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Alex Leary, Tampa Bay Times