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In this Jan. 31, 2014 file photo, President Barack Obama speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington. As Republican leaders dampen hopes for overhauling immigration laws this year, the White House for now is betting that the display of GOP resistance is temporary and tactical and is resisting pressure from some allies to have President Barack Obama take matters into his own hands.

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Obama resists pressure to act alone on immigration

For a president looking for a legacy piece of legislation, the current state of the immigration debate represents a high-wire act.

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