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Obama walks a political tightrope on immigration reform




U.S. President Barack Obama makes a statement at the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House August 28, 2014 in Washington, DC.
U.S. President Barack Obama makes a statement at the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House August 28, 2014 in Washington, DC.
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The pressure is building on the Obama Administration to take some action — any action — on immigration reform.

President Barack Obama has been mulling an executive order on the issue, but timing is everything, says TIME's Alex Altman. He has been sorting through the political calculus to find out what kind of blowback the White House might receive from both parties.