Obama Lays Out Family-Focused Immigration Plan

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 President Obama, addressed the nation from the White House Thursday, unveiling executive action he is taking that would allow as many as 5 million immigrants in the country without authorization to come out of the shadows and “to play by the rules.”

“All of us take offense to anyone who reaps the rewards of living in America without taking the responsibilities of living in America,” said the president during his speech. “And undocumented immigrants who desperately want to embrace those responsibilities see little option but to remain in the shadows, or risk their families being torn apart.”

Obama’s order will shield roughly 5 million immigrants from deportation, while ordering border authorities to target “felons, not families.”

The order will allow immigrants who are the parents of U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents to request relief from deportation and authorization to work for three years. To qualify, they must have been in the country for more than five years, pass a criminal background check, pay fees and show that their child was born prior to the issuance of the executive order.

Once qualified, they will also have to pay taxes.

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