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How political pressures could deliver immigration reform, little by little

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Protesters stand together as they hold a protest to ask their congress people to make immigration reform a reality on August 16, 2013 in Miami, Florida. Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Despite a new call by the president for immigration reform, all signs are pointing to a strategic shift by the White House on the divisive issue. After lengthy stalls by the Republican-controlled House of Representatives, President Obama has essentially endorsed a piecemeal approach to achieving comprehensive immigration overhaul -- something that Democrats had long considered an all-or-nothing issue.

“It they want to chop that thing up into five pieces, as long as all five pieces get done, I don’t care what it looks like,” the president said. Still, Mr. Obama reassured a San Francisco audience yesterday that the country’s immigration system would eventually be “fixed.”

Does the president’s change in approach suggest a shift in benchmarks for immigration reform? How will Democrats and Republicans handle the issue in light of impending election years?

Alan Gomez, Immigration reporter, USA Today

Manu Raju, Senior Congressional Reporter for POLITICO

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