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Obama participates in town hall, hosted by Univision, Monday in D.C.

Obama at Hispanic ed event

POTUS said he’ll be giving commencement address at Miami Dade College, which has large Hispanic population. President Padron (sp) is in the audience.

Question from Bell principal Maria Tukeva on how to attract more minorities into teaching.

Obama: “We’re trying to constantly elevate teaching as a profession.”

Says teachers need to be recruited from historically black colleges and univs and
Hispanic-serving institutions.

POTUS is asked about his own technology – says he took Blackberry off before the show. “I didn’t want it going off during the show.” Says he has an iPad. Is asked if he has a PC. Obama: “I’m the president of the united states, you think I don’t have a computer?!” He said to laughter.

On technology in schools: It’s important but “not magic bullet.”

Finished formal town hall questioning at 11:32 am, then began working the room.

Motorcade departs Bell at 11:40 am.

POTUS at Hispanic education event

Content not embargoed before event airs at 7:00 tonite on Univision.

Obama takes stage at 10:36 am to big cheer from students, parents, guests. First question from moderator Jorge Ramos on Libya.

Obama: “Our involvement there is going to be limited, both in time and in scope.” Noted he will address the issue tonite.

POTUS took questions from audience and via pre-taped video.

On role of parents in education: they are the “single most impt factor in determining whether a child will succeed.”

On deportation (video question from female student holding up deportation letter): Obama said he’s a “strong supporter of the DREAM Act.” Also said deportation of criminals is up 70 percent, deportation of noncriminals is down.

“We’ve got to keep the pressure up on Congress” to pass the DREAM Act, he said.

Obama said it’s not appropriate to grant “temporary protected status” to undocumented workers. He also cannot suspend deportations by executive order. “That’s just not the case,” he said.

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Also in attendance: Education Secretary Arne Duncan; Juan Sepulveda, head of White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, DC schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson.

POTUS to Bell Multicultural High School in DC for town hall on Hispanics and education.

POTUS strolled from direction of Oval Office to motorcade at 10:06 a.m. Motorcade left WH at 10:07 a.m., drove up 16th St. NW, arrived at Bell in Columbia Heights neighborhood at 10:14. Pool holding in classroom, watching proceedings on TV monitor.

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