President Barack Obama already is heading toward a fall fight with Republicans over his ability to change immigration policies.
And he's also facing potential rifts with members of his own party who are in tough re-election contests.
If Obama takes the broadest action — removing the threat of deportation for millions of people who are in this country — then the short-term risks appear greatest for Senate Democrats in conservative-leaning states.
Just weeks before Election Day in November, those Democrats could find themselves on the hot seat over their views on immigration and Obama's use of his presidential powers.
Some of those lawmakers already have said Obama should act with caution.
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