Sanders vows to use executive actions on immigration
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Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersChris Murphy’s profile rises with gun tragedies Clip shows Larry David and Bernie Sanders reacting after discovering they're related For now, Trump dossier creates more questions than answers MORE (I-Vt.) on Saturday promised to take executive action on immigration if he is elected president.

Speaking to an audience in Reno, Nev., where Hispanics will be a key constituency in the Feb. 23 caucuses, Sanders said he wouldn't be shy about using presidential powers to fix the immigration system.

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If Congress fails to address the problem, "We will use the executive powers of the White House," said Sanders, who supports a pathway to legal status for undocumented workers now in the country. 
 Immigration has not been a main focus of the Sanders campaign, as the Vermont senator has focused on the economy, Wall Street and the influence of money in politics.
 
"But it is not just a corrupt campaign finance system," that is hurting the lower class, Sanders said before turning his attention to immigration.
 
During Thursday night's debate, Sanders also hit Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonChris Murphy’s profile rises with gun tragedies DNC, RNC step up cyber protections Gun proposal picks up GOP support MORE, his rival for the Democratic nomination, for supporting the deportation of undocumented children migrants in order to "send a message" to discourage Central American families from making the hazardous trip to the U.S. border.

"I don’t know to whom you are sending a message to. These are children who are leaving countries and neighborhoods where their lives are at stake," he said. 
 
"I don’t think we use them to send a message. I think we welcome them into this country and do the best we can to help them get their lives together."