A Preview of President Obama’s Immigration Plan
What do we know so far about President Obama’s proposed executive order on immigration? While the president hasn’t revealed the plan to the public yet, he provided a preview to the media earlier today.
NPR has published an article outlining the proposal after the press conference. Among the highlights:
- The plan will provide temporary protection against removal (deportation) for some undocumented immigrants. It will not provide lawful permanent residence (“green cards”) or a “pathway to citizenship” to anyone. It likely will provide temporary work authorization to people who apply and receive approval as well.
- The relief will affect two primary groups:
- Parents of U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents who have lived in the United States for at least 5 years.
- A larger “DACA” group (young people who arrived in the United States as children either without authorization or never left after overstaying a visa).
- For the many undocumented individuals who do not fall under these categories, the president also intends to issue guidance directing the Department of Homeland Security not to use removal (“deportation”) resources on individuals who do not pose a national security or public safety threat.
For the full article, you may visit “7 Questions about the President’s Immigration Plan Answered” on NPR.com.
If you want to watch President Obama’s address tonight, you can view it at 8E/7C on CNN, MSNBC, PBS, Fox News, Univision, Telemundo, or online at whitehouse.gov/live.