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Democrats agree on immigration reform during Miami debate

Clinton, Sanders address bilingual electorate Wednesday night


MIAMI – On the heels of Florida’s primary, the Democratic presidential candidates debated Wednesday night at Miami Dade College.

Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders took time addressing a bilingual electorate and despite past differences, they significantly agreed on immigration reform.

"I know so many people who have been waiting and waiting and waiting for immigration reform because abuelita no tiene papeles (grandmother doesn't have papers)," U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez told Local 10 News.

Polls show the big issues for the almost one of every five Florida voters who identify as Latino are similar to those who don't vote: jobs and economy are No. 1, and just as important as education and climate change, which hadn't gotten big play in the series of debates.

"We also do have to combat climate change, and no state has more at stake than that than Florida," Clinton said during the debate.

Positions on trade aside, the Democratic candidates agree on more issues than they don't.

The key to debate is their approach.  

"Bernie Sanders probably leans more on government to achieve the goals that we're trying to more towards ... and Secretary Clinton would use more of a mixture of the private market combined with government," U.S Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, chair of the Democratic National Committee, said.


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