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Obama says GOP's immigration stance is long-term political 'suicide'

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SANTA MONICA, California — President Barack Obama says Republican opposition to an immigration overhaul amounts to political "suicide." He says the party risks losing support from an entire generation of immigrants.

Obama says smart Republicans understand the political damage of such a stance. But he says the GOP faces pressure from the tea party and others who, quote, "oftentimes express virulently anti-immigrant sentiment."

PHOTO: President Barack Obama pauses as he listens to a question during a town hall event at Cross Campus, a collaborative space that brings together freelancers, creative professionals, entrepreneurs and startup teams, on Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014, in Santa Monica, Calif. Obama is traveling in Los Angeles for an overnight trip during which he will discuss the nation's economy and designate a swath of Southern California mountains as a national monument. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
President Barack Obama pauses as he listens to a question during a town hall event at Cross Campus, a collaborative space that brings together freelancers, creative professionals, entrepreneurs and startup teams, on Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014, in Santa Monica, Calif. Obama is traveling in Los Angeles for an overnight trip during which he will discuss the nation's economy and designate a swath of Southern California mountains as a national monument. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Obama spoke to a group of young entrepreneurs in Santa Monica, California, where he was promoting his economic policies.

Obama also told his largely high-tech audience that the U.S. needs an influx of highly skilled immigrants to keep the American workforce young.

He says that because House Republicans have not acted, he will act on his own to reduce deportations and increase work permits for immigrants after the November election.

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