According to news reports President Barack Obama will take action on immigration reform as early as next week. If this new policy goes into effect, undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S as children, to the parents of U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents will not be deported. In other words, illegal immigrants would be able to stay in the U.S. The only illegal immigrants who would be departed are those who have committed serious crimes.
Democrats have urged the president in recent weeks to announce his plan soon. The day after the elections, Obama told reporters that he planned to make an announcement by the end of the year. The possible date is November 21st.
Republicans are not thrilled to say the least, with the idea of Obama allowing undocumented immigrants to stay in the U.S. House Speaker John Boehner said “When you play with matches, you take the risk of burning yourself. And he’s [Obama] gonna burn himself if he continues to go down this path. The American people made it clear on election day: they want to get things done, and they don’t want the president acting on a unilateral basis.”