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There has been no significant movement toward federal immigration reform since a bipartisan effort died in 2007, blocked by conservative opposition. But it has been the subject of a fever of legislation at the state level, and President Obama has suggested that could make it an issue in the coming presidential campaign.

To the dismay of Hispanic supporters, the Obama administration has not made a push for comprehensive legislation and has instead focused on a stepped-up campaign of deportation, with nearly 400,000 immigrants removed a year in 2009 and in 2010.

In a speech in May 2011, Mr. Obama stood near the border with Mexico and declared it more secure than ever. In doing so, he was trying to pressure Republicans to tackle comprehensive immigration overhaul, while at the same time working to show vital Hispanic voters that he is not the one standing in the way.


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