President Obama to Announce Immigration Order on Thursday
Sources indicate the President will travel to Las Vegas at the end of this week to announce his executive action on the topic of immigration.
Report from CNBC:
President Barack Obama plans to announce an executive order in Las Vegas on Friday to address immigration reform, CNBC has confirmed.
Another source familiar with the situation told CNBC that Obama could yet give a broader outline on an immigration order on Thursday and add detail on Friday.
The president has been long expected to make an announcement that would protect up to five million unauthorized immigrants from the threat of deportation and provide work permits.
Partisan fighting erupted in the summer over how to address the increased flow of unaccompanied minors from Central America at the U.S. border with Mexico.
I’m not entirely sure what the scope of this announcement will be. Some estimates have it being the equivalent of full-fledged amnesty for, perhaps, 5 million people. On the other end, it could simply fall within the scope of children and unaccompanied minors getting further delayed action on their pending cases.
How does this impact the 2016 presidential election? Will candidate Biden have to account for this action? Will Hillary Clinton be forced to agree or disagree with President Obama’s methods?
This story originally quoted Friday as being the day the President would announce his immigration changes. However, it appears the announcement will come on Thursday with a rally to support his changes in Las Vegas on Friday. This according to the Washington Post:
President Obama will announce Thursday that he will use his executive authority to expand temporary protections to millions of undocumented immigrants, according to several individuals who have been briefed on the decision. Obama will travel to Las Vegas on the heels of that announcement to rally support for his initiative on Friday.
Congress will receive official details on the move Thursday, according to a senior Democratic Party official.
Should make for some interesting Thanksgiving table conversations.