Kicking off his new immigration plan, President Obama chose Las Vegas to sign his executive action offering work permits and a reprieve from deportation to millions of immigrants—a move laden with symbolism.
‘The president began this conversation in Vegas and wants to make the point that he is trying and back with something, and it’s Congress that’s obstructionist’ – Louis DeSipio, professor of political science at the University of California, Irvine
Under Mr. Obama’s plan, people who have been in the U.S. for at least five years and are parents of citizens or legal permanent residents will be eligible to apply. Nearly a million more could benefit through other new or expanded programs. The president has also narrowed the group of people who will be subject to deportation, with the goal of focusing enforcement resources on gang members, serious criminals and those who crossed the border after Jan. 1, 2014.