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Connecticut student meets Obama to back immigration stance

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) Three months after Maria Praeli heckled President Barack Obama in Bridgeport over immigration issues, the Quinnipiac University student met the president in the Oval Office to discuss immigration.

The 21-year-old from New Milford and about six others who have benefited from Obama's executive order shielding from deportation 4 million people in the U.S. without legal status were asked to tell their stories to the president. Obama is trying to organize support in his fight with Republicans who oppose his immigration policies.

The 21-year-old student talked about her mother and the sacrifices she made for her and her older sister. They came from Peru when her parents sought medical care for her sister.

Praeli was escorted out of a November campaign rally in Bridgeport for heckling Obama before he issued the immigration order.

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Todd Schnitt

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