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President Obama’s Plans for Immigration

President Obama could announce as soon as next week a series of executive actions that may protect up to five million undocumented immigrants from the threat of deportation, as well as address other areas of immigration. The White House, however, has advised AILA that no final decisions have been made as of yet regarding the substance or timing of the promised executive actions. 

Since he first took office, President Barack Obama has promised to address an immigration system he’s described as “broken,” with more than 11 million people living in the U.S. illegally. He has held off on taking action for six years, amid hopes that Congressional Republicans would pass a comprehensive reform bill.   ….

…Executive action on immigration is nothing new. Since 1956, every U.S. president has granted some kind of temporary relief for some groups of immigrants, according to the American Immigration Council, which tracks immigration policy. In 1987, one year after President Ronald Reagan signed a law that offered a path to citizenship for about 3 million immigrants already in the U.S., his administration also deferred deportation for their children under 18.

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