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How political pressures could deliver immigration reform, little by little




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.
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.
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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?

Guests:
Alan Gomez, Immigration reporter, USA Today

Manu Raju, Senior Congressional Reporter for POLITICO