Controversial Immigration Plan Details. May Be Enacted Via Exec Action Next Week

by
Suzanne Robertson
One of the most controversial items is a plan to extend “deferred action” to millions of young people.

 

 

According to an unnamed source at the White House, President Obama is planning to unveil a 10-part plan for overhauling U.S. immigration policy via executive action as early as next Friday. 

The contriversial plan is angering some as it includes suspending deportations for millions. The plan calls for expanding deferred action for illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children -- but also for the parents of U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents. 

The latter could allow upwards of 4.5 million illegal immigrant adults with U.S.-born children to stay, according to estimates. 

The 10 initiatives included everything from boosting border security to improving pay for immigration officers. 

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

One of the polarizing issues will be plan to expand deferred action for young people. In June 2012, Obama created a program for illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children, 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. This is estimated to make nearly 300,000 illegal immigrants eligible. 

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