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Source work and collaboration put AP out front on Biden changes in closely watched immigration policy

President Joe Biden arrives at Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport, Wednesday, May 8, 2024, in Milwaukee. AP PHOTO / EVAN VUCCI

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AP was first and alone — for a full day — with Biden administration changes to a closely watched policy on asylum seekers.

Migration at the U.S.-Mexico border is a top issue in the 2024 presidential campaign, generating keen interest in whatever President Joe Biden will do about it given his proposals remain stalled in Congress.

As Biden mulls over a broad executive order on the border, his administration has been working quietly to roll out smaller-scale, interim changes to the immigration system. AP White House reporters Seung Min Kim and Colleen Long scored an exclusive on one of those proposals —fast-tracking certain migrants for asylum processing and potential deportation as a deterrent.

Their scoop landed more than 24 hours in advance of the formal announcement from the Department of Homeland Security and the Justice Department, unmatched by competitors despite their questioning of the White House.

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