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President Obama to Sign Executive Order Halting Millions of Deportations

November 13, 2014  |  Posted by: Giovanni DePhillips
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According to documents obtained by Fox News, President Obama is planning to unveil a 10-part plan for overhauling U.S. immigration policy via executive action — including suspending deportations for millions, which could take place as early as next Friday, a source close to the White House told Fox News.

The president’s plans were detailed in a draft proposal from a U.S. government agency. The source said the plan could be announced as early as Nov. 21, though the date could be delayed a few days pending final White House approval.

Obama was briefed at the White House by Homeland Security officials before leaving on his Asia-Pacific trip last week, according to various sources.

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters traveling with Obama in Burma Thursday that the president had not made a final decision on any executive actions concerning immigration and would not announce any until he returned from his trip.

The plan contains 10 actions that include boosting border security and improving pay for immigration officers.

But the most controversial aspect is the plan to grant millions of illegals a deportation reprieve under what is known as “deferred action.”

The plan would expand deferred action for illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children — but would include the parents of U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents.

This could allow up to 4.5 million illegal immigrant adults with U.S.-born children to stay, according to estimated numbers.

Senators who oppose the action say those who receive deferred action, according to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, would receive work authorization in the United States, Social Security numbers and government-issued IDs.

Another part of the plan that is sure to cause an uproar among lawmakers is a plan to expand deferred action for young people.

In June 2012, Obama created a similar program for illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children who entered before June 2007 and were under 31 as of June 2012. The change would expand that to cover anyone who entered before they were 16, and change the cut-off from June 2007 to Jan. 1, 2010.

According to Fox News, This is estimated to be nearly 300,000 illegal immigrants.

Under the executive changes, Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers also would see a pay raise in order to “increase morale” within the ICE workforce.

DHS also plans to “promote” the new naturalization process by giving a 50 percent discount on the first 10,000 applicants who come forward, with the exception of those who have income levels above 200 percent of the poverty level.

Tech jobs though a State Department immigrant visa program would offer another half-million immigrants a path to citizenship. This would include their spouses as well.

Additional measures include calls to revise removal priorities to target serious criminals for deportation and end the program known as “Secure Communities” and start a new program.

Senate lawmakers returned for a lame-duck session, Democrats in Congress on Wednesday implored Obama to take executive action.

“We’re begging the president. Go big. These [illegal immigrants] are a plus to our nation. Mr. President, please. You said you were going to do something. Do it. Act now,” said Rep. Juan Vargas, D-Calif.

The incoming Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell slammed the report and said “aside from being illegal, such action will dirty the waters with the GOP, therefore ruining any chance of compromise.”

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