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One scoop leads to an even bigger break on details of Biden’s long-awaited immigration plan

President Joe Biden speaks during a campaign event at Girard College, Wednesday, May 29, 2024, in Philadelphia. AP PHOTO / EVAN VUCCI

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When an AP duo broke the news on the expected timing and details of President Biden’s long-awaited immigration plan, it sent competitors scrambling to catch up.

Biden’s executive order to stem migration at the U.S.-Mexico border has been speculated on for months. As many premature and inaccurate stories swirled, AP’s White House team avoided getting swept up. In that overheated environment, White House reporters Colleen Long and Seung Min Kim landed a recent scoop on interim measures Biden was taking, reporting that led to broader conversations about the coming executive order. That allowed Long and Kim to be out front with a story that Biden’s order could come as early as Tuesday. They were able to provide detailed information on what it would like entail. Kim picked up details from her sources, which Long took to others, adding clarity and details. Congressional reporter Stephen Groves contributed additional reporting from Capitol Hill as Long and Kim went back and forth between sources until they nailed down the reporting.

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The story was picked up by multiple customers and sent a ripple through many outside the administration who have been closely watching Biden’s border deliberations.

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