As for immigration, Obama told attendees at the event sponsored by the Univision television network that it is not appropriate to grant "temporary protected status" to undocumented workers. Obama said he cannot suspend deportations by executive order.

The president said deportation of criminals is up 70%, while deportation of non-criminals is down.

Education also came up as Obama told the crowd at a Washington high school that he is working for the DREAM Act, which would create a path to citizenship for children of illegal immigrants who seek college degrees.

By David Jackson -- USA TODAY

Illegal Immigration
Barack Obama

Updated: Tue, Mar 29th 2011 @ 4:22pm EDT