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    File photo: Republican presidential candidate former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush speaks during an education summit Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015, in Londonderry, N.H.

    Jeb Bush is pushing back against protesters who repeatedly heckled him Monday with chants of "No Hope Without Our Vote."

    The former Florida governor and GOP presidential candidate halted his address to the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in Houston to remind those shouting that he supports a pathway to citizenship for children of people in the U.S. illegally. But like other Republican presidential hopefuls, Bush wants to secure the border with Mexico before dealing with millions of people here illegally.

    Bush supports the long-delayed DREAM Act, which would allow the children of parents in the country illegally to remain after graduating from high school if they meet certain requirements.

    The host group later released a statement denouncing the protests and saying Bush has a record of commitment to Hispanics.