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On immigration, will Obama shape his legacy or the next election?
On immigration, will Obama shape his legacy or the next election?

President Obama and his team spent hours last week deliberating over how and when to fulfill his promise to use his executive power to change the immigration system. They pored over legal precedent and policy data and debated political fallout. But none of their analysis could answer the question that his decision may turn on: Does the president want to shape his legacy, or the next election? With immigration, Obama has landed on an issue that carries both risk and reward — according to some Democrats, it carries reward for him and immoderate risk for them. It's a place familiar to second-term presidents, who often look for bold, history-making moves as they eye the end of...

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