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Obama's road to executive action on immigration was marked by pitfalls

WASHINGTON -- With a border crisis swirling and a fight with Congress brewing, a group of leading immigration activists expected that a last-minute huddle with top officials at the White House in June would bring more bad news. But instead of a confrontation, they got a surprise guest bearing an unexpected announcement. President Barack Obama dropped by to tell the activists he was on his way to the Rose Garden to declare that he would use executive authority to ease the swell of deportations under his watch. He said he had no choice, according to people in the room. Negotiations with House Republicans were dead. He'd had enough. "The dude's different," Frank Sharry, executive director ...

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