President Obama as soon as next week will announce executive action on immigration reform that would defer deportations for up to 5 million people living in the U.S. illegally.
Obama's plans aim at rebranding the immigration policies to lift the threat of deportation for as many as 5 million undocumented immigrants, whom are mostly parents of U.S. citizens or children brought to the country as minors.
Obama’s actions will also expand opportunities for immigrants who have high-tech skills, shift extra security resources to the nation’s southern border, revamp a controversial immigration enforcement program called Secure Communities, and provide clearer guidance to the agencies that enforce immigration laws about who should be a low priority for deportation, especially those with strong family ties and no serious criminal history.
The White House has refused to publicly comment on the scope of the president’s executive action, saying he would not announce his actions until he returns from a weeklong trip to Asia.
Immigration advocates, who spoke on condition of anonymity ahead of a public announcement, said final details of the plan remained in flux.
While, Some Republicans say Obama’s immigration efforts could thwart plans to pass a budget during the lame-duck session of Congress.