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President Obama takes executive action on immigration

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President Obama announced broad executive action on Thursday that will protect 4.4 million undocumented immigrants relief from deportation.

"If you've been in America for more than five years; if you have children who are American citizens or legal residents; if you register, pass a criminal background check, and you're willing to pay your fair share of taxes - you'll be able to apply to stay in this country temporarily, without fear of deportation," he said. "You can come out of the shadows and get right with the law."

The president said the move will not grant undocumented immigrants citizenship or the right to remain in the country permanently.

Crowds of immigration reform advocates rallied and cheered outside the White House during the address. Republicans, calling the executive order a constitutional overreach that is unfair to legal immigrants, are vowing to fight the executive action.

This plan also includes the undocumented parents of children born here. Those parents will be able to request deportation relief and work permits for three years. Those parents will be able to request deportation relief and work permits for three years at a time but they must register, pass background checks, pay fees and prove their legal resident or citizen child was born before the date of the executive order. 

House Speaker John Boehner said, "The president has said before that he's not king and he's not an emperor, but he is sure acting like one."


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