Published Online: July 10, 2014

Michelle Obama touts benefits of higher education

Michelle Obama says the Latino community must use higher education as a tool for empowerment instead of waiting for Congress to fix a "broken" immigration system.

The first lady spoke Thursday in New York at the conference of the League of United Latin American Citizens.

She addressed about 1,500 people at a luncheon to promote her Reach Higher initiative. It encourages young people to seek education after high school.

Her speech comes just days after the president asked for $3.7 billion for spending on immigration.

Jennifer Lopez introduced her at the event. The actress and musician touted her new show, Los Jets, which will premier this month.

Earlier in the day, the first lady also visited a non-profit, Global Kids, Inc., to see educational video games students designed.

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