Obama: Tacos And Tequila Are 'Not Punishment'

03/24/2014 05:42 pm ET | Updated Mar 24, 2014
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The World Cup has a way of bringing out the patriot in most people. So when President Barack Obama spoke with Univision’s radio program "El Bueno, La Mala, y El Feo" ("The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly") on Monday, interviewer Andrés Maldonado made a proposition:

If Mexico and the United States go to Brazil and we win, you're going to have to do tacos and tequila with us. Okay?

To which Obama replied:

Let me say, first of all, that that's not punishment to do tacos and tequila. I should get that if the Americans win. You have to give me tacos and tequila. You'll have to send them here to the White House.

The interview comes amid a wave of increased criticism of Obama from immigration activists and Hispanic political allies, who are hoping to pressure the administration into slowing its record-setting pace of deportations.

Obama ordered a review of his deportation policies this month, but continues to say that his options are limited unless Congress passes a comprehensive reform.

"Well, the main step I'm trying to take is to make sure that we pass new laws so that we do not have to deport these folks at all," Obama told Univision. "And I know a lot of people sometimes say, well, Obama could just do this without Congress. The problem is, is that there's certain laws that I end up having to deal with coming out of Congress. I need a new law that puts everybody on a new legal footing. And we've got to keep the pressure on Congress to get that done."

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