President Obama heads to Chicago to pitch immigration steps

Nov 25, 2014 8:07 AM by Cheryl Wengren

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is returning to Chicago to pitch his new executive actions on immigration.

Obama is trying to seize the advantage over the contentious issue while Congress is on a Thanksgiving recess and Republicans scramble to coalesce behind a unified opposition strategy.

Obama is scheduled to speak to Chicago community leaders today. The appearance is part of an ongoing effort to defend and promote his decision to bypass Congress and direct sweeping executive actions that could spare millions of immigrants illegally in the United States from being deported.

Nearly 5 million immigrants will be eligible to avoid deportation and sign up for work permits under a series of measures Obama announced last week.

Obama says he first forged his ties to the Latino community in Chicago.


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