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President Obama Unveils Executive Action on Immigration Reform

November 21, 2014
Yesterday President Barack Obama revealed his highly anticipated immigration reform plan. 
 
During his nearly 15 minute address, the President Obama outlined four main components:
  1. Reinforce and strengthen border enforcement with additional resources to “stem the flow of illegal crossings, and speed the return of those who do cross over.”
  2. Prioritizing the deportation of “felons, not families.”
  3. Streamlining the green card process for “high-skilled immigrants, graduates, and entrepreneurs.”  
  4. Bring an estimated four to five million undocumented parents of American-born children or legal residents who have lived in the country for more than five years “out of the shadows;” by allowing them to register, pass a criminal background check and pay their fair share of taxes in exchange for staying in the U.S. on a temporary basis “without fear of deportation.”  
Reactions to the President’s executive action have been mixed. Republican lawmakers criticized him for taking unilateral action and questioning whether it was within his executive authority. Democratic lawmakers praised him for taking the initiative to address the “broken system.”
 
Details of the president’s executive action are available via the U.S. Department of Homeland Security website. How this issue will evolve both technically and politically in the coming weeks remains to be seen. The League of California Cities will continue to monitor the implementation of the President’s plan and inform members of significant developments impacting cities.


 
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