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White House may take step on deportation

Under pressure to ease pace as legislation stalls

WASHINGTON — At a recent White House meeting with immigration activists, President Obama told the group his hands are tied. Even if he wanted to halt the deportations of millions of illegal immigrants, the president told the group, he could not do so without congressional approval.

But Obama has more latitude than he lets on, legal scholars say, and he could soon reveal how he intends to use it. Under increasing pressure to slow the pace of deportations from Hispanic supporters who helped reelect him in 2012, the president has ordered his Homeland Security secretary to make immigration enforcement more humane.

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