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AP delivers third scoop in a series on Biden’s immigration moves 

Biden Image ID : 24170711536514 President Joe Biden turns to the others on the dais after speaking during an event marking the 12th anniversary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, June 18, 2024. AP PHOTO / SUSAN WALSH


After already beating the competition on two big stories about immigration moves by President Joe Biden, it was only natural for White House reporter Seung Min Kim and Congressional reporter Stephen Groves to land another scoop when the president was ready to provide a pathway to citizenship for more migrants living in the country illegally.  

In the latest case, Kim and Groves reported the expected details of the program a full five days ahead of the announcement, with the caveat that Biden had not yet signed off on the final plan. Then, one day ahead of the announcement, Groves got two sources to confirm final details of the plan. Kim quickly confirmed details with an additional source, and the AP was able to go to the wire well ahead of its major competitors. 

The story elicited reaction from interest groups before the plan had even been announced by the White House. Competitors like The New York Times, Washington Post and Wall Street Journal did not come forward with their own push alerts and stories until many hours later.  

Homeland Security reporter Rebecca Santana was quick to follow with an explainer on the latest action, and reporters Valerie Gonzalez and Juan Lozano combined on a story from Texas that was rich with the voices of migrants who were either delighted to qualify for the new program or disappointed to be left out. 

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