Your complete guide to Obama’s immigration executive action

Washington Post | Dec 19, 2014

President Obama unveiled Thursday a major executive action on immigration policy, offering temporary legal status to millions of illegal immigrants, along with an indefinite reprieve from deportation.

There are roughly 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States, and political leaders of both parties agree the current system is broken and needs fixing. Yet Obama’s action has outraged Republicans in Congress, who say the president doesn’t have the authority to delay deportations for such a large class of people without legislation.

This post contains what we know about the executive action– and other key questions and answers about immigration policy in the United States.

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Author: UI