Defying GOP, Obama to spare 5M from deportation

Nov 20, 2014 5:02 PM by News Staff

WASHINGTON (AP) - Administration officials say President Barack Obama is ordering far-reaching changes to the nation's immigration laws that will allow nearly 5 million people, including parents and young people, to avoid deportation.

Millions more will remain in legal limbo, but could ultimately be allowed to stay in the U.S. under new deportation priority guidelines.

Obama will unveil his executive actions in a prime-time address Thursday night. Republicans fiercely oppose the measures and are weighing a range of legal and legislative challenges.

The main beneficiaries of Obama's deportation deferrals are parents who have been in the U.S. illegally for more than five years but have children who are citizens or permanent residents.

The officials insisted on anonymity in order to preview the president's executive actions ahead of his remarks.

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