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Behind Biden's delay on going "nuclear" at the border

Biden's road to a dramatic executive order to stem illegal border crossings — expected within weeks — has dragged out for months as he prepares for legal challenges, political backlash and enforcement shortages.

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    the big picture

    If he pulls the trigger, Biden would rely on the same section of the federal code, known as 212(f), that Trump used against immigration.

    Inside Biden's delay on going "nuclear" at the border

    Inside Biden's delay on going "nuclear" at the border

    With Republicans making the border a top 2024 issue, Biden has been trying to find the right language to impose a crackdown without getting instantly shut down by courts — or facing an open revolt by his progressive base.

    Between the lines

    Despite political and practical risks, Biden is expected to take executive action on the border in the coming weeks, as Axios has reported.

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