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Immigration reform: Obama to sign executive order; Republicans won't 'stand idle'

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Onlookers watch as President Obama is shown on a projector near the intersection of Alameda St. and the 101 freeway in downtown Los Angeles Thursday addressing the nation with reformed immigration policy. President Obama addresses the nation with reforms in immigration policy in downtown Los Angeles on Thursday Nov. 20, 2014.

President Barack Obama was in Las Vegas Friday to sign his executive order shielding from deportation millions of immigrants who are in the United States without authorization. While the order touches on almost every aspect of the immigration system – from immigration courts, to border security, to background checks — many details of how it will work are still unclear. Republicans, meanwhile, have said that the president's unilateral move was "damaging the presidency" and that the Republican-run House will not stand by. Sheriff Joe Arpaio in Arizona has already filed a lawsuit contending that Obama acted outside his constitutional authority.

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The crowd outside the White House following President Obama's immigration speech Thursday night. Obama's executive order on immigration touches on almost every aspect of the immigration system, from deportation relief for millions to border security and the immigration courts.

Immigration reform: Obama to sign executive order; Republicans won't 'stand idle' - Southern California Public Radio From the story: "President Barack Obama is scheduled to arrive in Las Vegas Friday morning to sign his executive order shielding from deportation millions of immigrants who are in the United States without authorization. While the order touches on almost every aspect of the immigration system – from immigration courts, to border security, to background checks — many details of how it will work are still unclear."

7 Questions About The President's Immigration Plan Answered - NPR Answers to questions about President Obama's executive action on immigration, such as "Who is eligible for relief?" From the story: "There are two main groups: Parents of U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents (green card holders) of the U.S. for at least five years. The Migration Policy Institute estimates there are some 3.7 million unauthorized immigrants who meet those criteria.
Also, an expanded group of people who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children."

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FAQ: What you need to know about President Obama's executive order on immigration

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WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 20: U.S. President Barack Obama announces executive actions on U.S. immigration policy during a nationally televised address from the White House, November 20, 2014 in Washington, DC. Obama outlined a plan on Thursday to ease the threat of deportation for about 4.7 million undocumented immigrants. (Photo by Jim Bourg-Pool/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama on Thursday announced he would act to shield from deportation millions of immigrants who are in the United States without authorization. 

Friday’s executive order, detailed in a six-page “fact sheet” provided by the White House Thursday afternoon, touches on almost every aspect of the immigration system. But what does that mean for Southern California — and you? We have some answers.

What's changed for Southern California?

Lots, potentially. It’s estimated that there are close to 1 million immigrants without legal status in Los Angeles County.
 
President Obama’s plan would allow immigrants who are the parents of U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents to apply for temporary relief from deportation — and work permits — if they have been in the U.S. for more than five years.

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Immigration reform: What Obama's executive action means for California

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Dulce Saavedra, right, hugs Miriam Lopez, right, after a speech by President Obama reforming immigration policy was aired live on a projector screen in downtown Los Angeles Thursday. President Obama addresses the nation with reforms in immigration policy in downtown Los Angeles on Thursday Nov. 20, 2014.

Obama Immigration speech

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Onlookers watch as President Obama is shown on a projector near the intersection of Alameda St. and the 101 freeway in downtown Los Angeles Thursday addressing the nation with reformed immigration policy. President Obama addresses the nation with reforms in immigration policy in downtown Los Angeles on Thursday Nov. 20, 2014.

Obama Immigration speech

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Miriam Lopez, left, and Faby Jacome, right, watch a speech by President Obama reforming immigration policy was aired live on a projector screen in downtown Los Angeles Thursday. President Obama addresses the nation with reforms in immigration policy in downtown Los Angeles on Thursday Nov. 20, 2014.

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Nicole Paredes, 16, right, holds her hands in the air toward the Metropolitan Detention Center towards inmates looking through windows Thursday in downtown Los Angeles. Paredes was in the area for a rally and screening of President Obama addressing the nation with reformed immigration policy. President Obama addresses the nation with reforms in immigration policy in downtown Los Angeles on Thursday Nov. 20, 2014.

Obama Immigration speech

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Onlookers watch as President Obama is shown on a projector near the intersection of Alameda St. and the 101 freeway in downtown Los Angeles Thursday addressing the nation with reformed immigration policy. President Obama addresses the nation with reforms in immigration policy in downtown Los Angeles on Thursday Nov. 20, 2014.

Obama Immigration speech

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Onlookers watch as President Obama is shown on a projector near the intersection of Alameda St. and the 101 freeway in downtown Los Angeles Thursday addressing the nation with reformed immigration policy. President Obama addresses the nation with reforms in immigration policy in downtown Los Angeles on Thursday Nov. 20, 2014.

Obama Immigration speech

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Onlookers watch as President Obama is shown on a projector near the intersection of Alameda St. and the 101 freeway in downtown Los Angeles Thursday addressing the nation with reformed immigration policy. President Obama addresses the nation with reforms in immigration policy in downtown Los Angeles on Thursday Nov. 20, 2014.

Obama Immigration speech

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A "ICE Out of LA" sign hangs above Alameda St. and the 101 freeway in downtown Los Angeles Thursday. President Obama addresses the nation with reforms in immigration policy in downtown Los Angeles on Thursday Nov. 20, 2014.

Obama Immigration speech

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Onlookers watch as President Obama is shown on a projector near the intersection of Alameda St. and the 101 freeway in downtown Los Angeles Thursday addressing the nation with reformed immigration policy. President Obama addresses the nation with reforms in immigration policy in downtown Los Angeles on Thursday Nov. 20, 2014.

Obama Immigration speech

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Demonstrators with signs near the intersection of Alameda St. and the 101 freeway in downtown Los Angeles Thursday shortly before a viewing of President Obama addressing the nation with reformed immigration policy. President Obama addresses the nation with reforms in immigration policy in downtown Los Angeles on Thursday Nov. 20, 2014.

Obama Immigration speech

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Onlookers watch as President Obama is shown on a projector near the intersection of Alameda St. and the 101 freeway in downtown Los Angeles Thursday addressing the nation with reformed immigration policy. President Obama addresses the nation with reforms in immigration policy in downtown Los Angeles on Thursday Nov. 20, 2014.


In California, the effects of President Barack Obama’s executive order on immigration reform could be staggering. Obama said his order will protect immigrants who are parents of U.S. citizens and legal residents, provided they pass a criminal background check and have lived in the U.S. more than five years.

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A boys shows a U.S. flag as President Barack Obama speaks on immigration at the Chamizal National Memorial on May 10, 2011 in El Paso, Texas. It's expected that President Obama's executive action plan, to be announced Thursday, will offer relief from deportation to certain groups of immigrants, such as the parents of U.S. citizens.

Obama’s immigration plan will halt deportations for 3.7 million - Washington Post In his immigration address planned for this evening, President Obama is "expected to say he will stop deportations for a certain group of illegal immigrants: parents whose children are already U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents. The protection would only apply to parents who have lived in the United States for five years or more. There are about 3.7 million illegal immigrants who meet that criteria, according to a report from the Migration Policy Institute."

Everything You Need to Know About Obama's Immigration Announcement - ABC News From the story: "Who Gets Relief? 4.1 million undocumented parents and families of U.S. citizens who have been in country more than 5 years with no criminal record. 300,000 undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. illegally as children, so-called Dreamers, will be newly eligible for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Current age limits for the program will be dropped, sources say. 400,000 highly-skilled workers will be eligible for visas."

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