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By Karen Graham     Nov 19, 2014 in Politics
President Obama used social media today to invite Americans to watch his immigration reform announcement Thursday night at 8 p.m. The White House posted a video to its Facebook page giving the public a heads-up on what's coming.
According to the Washington Post, President Barack Obama, in a bid to test just how far he can go in using his executive powers, announced he will tell the nation the steps he plans to take in changing U.S. immigration laws.
"Tomorrow night I'm going to be announcing here from the White House some steps I can take to start fixing our broken immigration system," Obama said in the video posted on Facebook. "Everybody agrees that our immigration system is broken. Unfortunately, Washington has allowed the problem to fester for too long," Obama said. "So what' I'm going to be laying out is the things I can do with my lawful authority as president to make the system work better even as I continue to work with Congress and encourage them to get a bipartisan, comprehensive bill that can solve the entire problem."
The news of the pending executive order will give as many as 5 million people in this country illegally a respite from being deported, at least for a while. These people will be eligible for work permits, but the president's action could end up being temporary because a new president could reverse the action in two years. It is also understood that these immigrants would not be eligible for federal benefits either.
In laying out his move, the president invited 18 Democrat members of the House to a dinner at the White House on Wednesday, but no Republicans were in attendance. Obama announced he would be speaking at Las Vegas' Del Sol High School on Friday, a school with a large number of non-English speaking students, where he will formally announce his plan. It's a plan that Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) relishes, hoping it will bolster his reputation in his home state.
The move is primarily to cinch the Hispanic vote for the Democratic party, and nothing more, but Republicans will not take this sitting down. There has been extensive debate on the GOP side, with conservative members wanting to go ahead with the threat of a government shutdown on Dec. 11. One member, Republican Rep. Mo Brooks of Alabama even brought up the "I" word, impeachment.
House speaker John Boehner's spokesman, Michael Steel, making fun of President Obama's reference to the president not being an emperor, said, "If 'Emperor Obama' ignores the American people and announces an amnesty plan that he himself has said over and over again exceeds his constitutional authority, he will cement his legacy of lawlessness and ruin the chances for congressional action on this issue — and many others."
To say our immigration system is broken, and in need of a major overhaul, is correct. The fact that it has been broken for some time is obvious when one looks at the number of illegal immigrants in this country today. Our southern border is nothing more than a sieve. Over the past months, thousands of unaccompanied children have descended on our border, stretching federal and state services to the breaking point.
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