President Obama to announce executive action on immigration reform tonight

The country has been eagerly awaiting a decision concerning immigration reform for months, and today that decision will be made public when President Barack Obama makes an announcement laying out his proposal to overhaul the U.S. immigration system.

“Everybody agrees that our immigration system is broken. Unfortunately, Washington has allowed the problem to fester for too long,” Obama said in a video announcement on Nov. 19. “So what I’m going to be laying out is the things I can do with my lawful authority as president to make the system work better even as I continue to work with Congress and encourage them to get a bipartisan, comprehensive bill that can solve the entire problem.”

While the exact details of Obama’s immigration reform action are still unknown to the public, The Washington Post received information from a senior Democrat regarding the plan. The source said that Obama will announce that he will provide temporary protection for as many as 5 million undocumented immigrants – 4 million will become eligible for temporary protective status, while another 1 million will receive relief through other various means. To the chagrin of activists, it is expected that Obama will not provide guaranteed protections for parents of undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as minors.

The day following the speech, Friday, Nov. 22, Obama will travel to Del Sol High School in Las Vegas, Nevada, to rally support for the initiative and discuss his immigration reform action.

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