Behind the scenes at President Obama's immigration town hall

  • President Barack Obama takes part in a MSNBC town hall event on immigration with Jose Diaz-Balart in Miami, Fla., on Feb. 25th, 2015.
  • President Barack Obama takes part in a MSNBC town hall event on immigration with Jose Diaz-Balart in Miami, Fla., on Feb. 25th, 2015.
  • President Barack Obama takes part in a MSNBC town hall event on immigration in Miami, Fla. on Feb. 25th, 2015.
  • President Barack Obama takes part in a MSNBC town hall event on immigration with Jose Diaz-Balart in Miami, Fla., on Feb. 25th, 2015.
  • President Barack Obama takes part in a MSNBC town hall event on immigration in Miami, Fla. on Feb. 25th, 2015.
  • The shadows of cameras are silhouetted above an attendee as President Barack Obama takes part in a MSNBC town hall event on immigration with Jose Diaz-Balart in Miami, Fla., on Feb. 25th, 2015.
  • An attendee wears a cowboy hat during a town hall event on immigration with President Barack Obama and host Jose Diaz-Balart in Miami, Fla., on Feb., 25th, 2015.
  • President Barack Obama takes part in a MSNBC town hall event on immigration in Miami, Fla. on Feb. 25th, 2015. 
  • Audience members watch President Barack Obama take part in a MSNBC town hall event on immigration in Miami, Fla. on Feb. 25th, 2015.
  • Audience members watch President Barack Obama take part in a MSNBC town hall event on immigration in Miami, Fla. on Feb. 25th, 2015.
  • President Barack Obama takes part in a MSNBC town hall event on immigration in Miami, Fla. on Feb. 25th, 2015. 
  • President Barack Obama takes part in a MSNBC town hall event on immigration in Miami, Florida on Feb. 25th, 2015.

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MIAMI - A defiant President Obama pledged on Wednesday to do everything in his power to overhaul the immigration system and veto anything that stood in his way. At the same time, Obama challenged voters concerned about the issue to hold Republicans accountable for killing reform efforts.

“In the short term, if Mr. McConnell, the leader of the Senate, and the speaker of the House, John Boehner, want to have a vote on whether what I’m doing is legal or not, they can have that vote,” Obama said. “I will veto that vote, because I am absolutely confident that what we’re doing is the right thing to do.” 

Obama’s remarks came at an MSNBC/Telemundo town hall hosted by José Díaz-Balart at Florida International University, where the president took questions in English and Spanish about immigration policy. Here’s a look behind the scenes. 

Watch the full event: President Obama’s immigration town hall

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