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Barack Obama pushes student citizenship bill

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WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is telling Hispanics he is ready to sign a bill that would allow illegal immigrant students a path to citizenship, a measure he calls a "common-sense" reform.

Speaking at a Cinco de Mayo reception in the Rose Garden, Obama blamed the failure of the Dream Act on a few Republicans in Congress. He says he will keep pushing for it, along with other fixes to what he calls the nation's "broken" immigration system.

Cinco de Mayo celebrations at the White House have become annual features under recent presidents. This one takes on added significance in an election year as Obama courts the Latino vote for his re-election.

Though a majority of Hispanic voters favor Obama, many have been frustrated by his lack of progress on immigration reform.

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