President Obama on Thursday dismissed Republican warnings about the dangers of illegal immigration as nothing more than “tales” meant to frighten voters.

“Think about how much better off our country would be if Republican politicians didn’t try to scare voters with tales of immigrants flooding our borders,” Obama said in a speech before the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute.

Obama encouraged the audience to show their support for immigration reform at the ballot box. When he mentioned the immigration position staked out by many Republican presidential candidates, the audience booed, but Obama said booing isn’t enough.

“They can’t hear the boos; but they can hear your votes,” he said.

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