- Associated Press - Friday, June 19, 2015

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders brought his long-shot campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination to Las Vegas on Friday, echoing front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton as he called for an expansion of President Obama’s executive actions to shield some immigrants from deportation.

Sanders spoke to the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials shortly after holding a town hall on the Strip.

Nevada is 28 percent Latino and Sanders devoted much of his speech to the convention to discussing immigration, something he does not normally stress on the trail.

A self-described socialist, Sanders called for citizenship for most of the 11 million people in the country illegally - a step the Republican-controlled Congress is unlikely to take.

Like Clinton, he said that the response to more gridlock should be presidential action to exempt from deportation parents of U.S. citizens, legal permanent residents and people brought to the U.S. illegally as young children, known by the term DREAMers.

President Obama has already acted to protect most DREAMers from deportation but his recent effort to expand those protections to other immigrants is on hold as it is battled over in the federal courts.

“We cannot continue to run an economy where millions are made so vulnerable because of their undocumented status,” Sanders said. “We have to ask ourselves, who benefits from this?”

At his town hall meeting, Sanders was asked about guns. He noted that his home state has no gun control laws and little gun violence but then said there need to be limits to firearms.

“We have guns in the hands of people who should not have those guns,” Sanders said. “We have weapons out there that have nothing to do with hunting and are designed to kill people, and kill them quickly.”

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