Obama Poised for Major Move on Immigration

Action could protect 5M here illegally: Washington Post
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 2, 2014 3:45 PM CDT
Obama Poised for Major Move on Immigration
In this July 29, 2014 photo, President Barack Obama speaks on the South Lawn of the White House.   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

After rejecting a House-passed immigration bill, President Obama has pledged to act on the issue alone—and the Washington Post has the details of his thinking. Spurred in part by the huge influx of child immigrants from Central America, Obama is considering measures that could offer millions of undocumented immigrants the right to work, among other protections, the paper reports via sources communicating with the administration.

One plan could temporarily protect some five million of the 11 million undocumented immigrants currently in the country; it could apply to those who'd spent a set amount of time here or had close US relatives. The Post calls Obama's plan—which hasn't been finalized—potentially "explosive" ahead of November's elections, noting that it could help Democrats solidify their support among Hispanics. Said one activist who met with White House officials: "The conversation was about the need for the program to be as bold as possible." (More President Obama stories.)

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