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“What we do have the ability to do, and what we have systematically done, is to use our administrative authority to prioritize and say, ‘Let’s not focus on Dream Act kids,’” he said. “Until we get comprehensive immigration reform, there’s going to continue to be heartbreaking stories. That’s what we’re trying to change.

“But ultimately the way we change it is we’ve got to change our politics. And that’s why I talked about it at the State of the Union, and that’s why I’m going to keep on talking about it.”