Obama Plane Departs Vegas After Immigration Speech

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

LAS VEGAS (AP) - President Barack Obama's plane has left Las Vegas after a quick visit focused on immigration reform.

The commander-in-chief took off from McCarran International Airport at 12:38 p.m. Tuesday, after delivering a speech at Del Sol High School.

Obama's called for putting millions of illegal immigrants on a pathway to citizenship, cracking down on businesses that employ people illegally and tightening security at the borders.

The president outlined his plan in relatively friendly territory.

Latinos make up more than a quarter of the population of Nevada, and they voted for Obama by a 2-to-1 margin last fall.

A 2011 Pew Hispanic Center study found that illegal immigrants account for 7.2 percent of Nevada residents. That's a larger portion than any other state.

This was Obama's first Nevada visit since the campaign.

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