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In immigration news: Obama announcement expected Thursday, legal limits of executive action, border security, more

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President Obama is now expected to announce his much-anticipated executive action on immigration Thursday. While it's still not clear just what the plan will include, it's anticipated that as many as 5 million immigrants without legal status could become eligible for relief from deportation.

Obama poised to announce go-it-alone plan on immigration Thursday - Reuters President Obama is expected to announce his much-anticipated executive action plan for immigration Thursday evening. From the story: "Sources close to the administration said the rollout would include a televised speech by Obama on Thursday night laying out the plan followed by a trip to Las Vegas on Friday to build support." It's anticipated that as many as 5 million immigrants without legal status could become eligible for relief from deportation.

Constitutional Limits of Presidential Action on Immigration - New York Times Legal experts weigh in on whether President Obama has the legal authority to "exempt millions of unauthorized immigrants from deportation and other enforcement action." While its still not clear just what Obama will announce as he takes executive action on immigration, the most controversial component is set to be some form of temporary legal status for certain immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally.

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LA Catholics get 1st English-language radio station in almost 15 years

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Immaculate Heart Radio president Doug Sherman (l.) celebrates the launch of a new English-language Catholic radio station in Los Angeles with Archbishop José Gomez and Father Ed Benioff.

A former Ranchero radio station has become L.A.'s only spot for English-language Catholic programming.

KHJ AM 930 officially launched Monday with a blessing by Archbishop José Gomez, head of the largest Roman Catholic archdiocese in the country.

"Its programs will be like a family friend that will accompany us throughout the day at our homes, our work, and especially when we are on our cars in the L.A. freeways," Gomez said.

There are already two Spanish-language Catholic radio stations in L.A. Catholic leaders say they want to reach more people, including the English-speaking children of immigrants.

"As you know the second-generation — not just the Latinos but the Vietnamese and Koreans —they've become assimilated," said Father Ed Benioff, the Archdiocese's director of the Office of New Evangelization. "We want them to rediscover their faith in English."

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In immigration news: Preparations for executive action, a looming political battle, legal providers brace themselves, more

Immigrants And Activists Protest Obama Response To Child Immigration Crisis

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Young children join immigration reform protesters while marching in front of the White House on July 7, 2014 in Washington, D.C. It's still not clear just what sort of executive action President Obama will announce on immigration as early as this week, but the most controversial aspect stands to be protection from deportation for a larger group of immigrants.

What We Know -- And Don't Know -- About Obama's Imminent Immigration Action - ABC News It's still not clear just what President Obama will announce on immigration, but the most controversial aspect stands to be protection from deportation for more immigrants. It's expected that the president "is prepared to expand a 2012 program – Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals – that has so far shielded more than half a million young immigrants from deportation." But like with deferred action, an expansion that includes more immigrants isn't expected to lead to U.S. citizenship.

Executive order on immigration would ignite a political firestorm - Washington Post Republicans, who gained seats in the House and Senate in this month's elections, are preparing for a bitter fight over executive action on immigration. From the story: "At a news conference held the day after the midterm elections, Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), the incoming Senate majority leader, compared Obama’s signing of an executive order on immigration to 'waving a red flag in front of a bull.' ”

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Legal service providers brace for an Obama immigration plan

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This August 15, 2012 file photo shows young people waiting in line to enter the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA) office, on the first day of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Legal service providers who handle immigration cases for little or no cost are bracing themselves for the workload if President Obama extends protection from deportation to more immigrants.

Legal service providers who handle immigration cases for little or no cost are bracing themselves for the workload if President Obama takes action to curb deportations.

An announcement from the White House on immigration is expected as early as this week. It's still not clear just who would benefit from a legalization plan: The Pew Research Center has calculated that if protection is extended to the parents of U.S.-born children who have lived in the country for 10 years or more, for example, some 2.8 million adults could be eligible. If the plan extends to children under 18 who are in the U.S. illegally, eligible minors could number as many as 650,000.

In any case, local pro-bono and low-cost legal providers are preparing themselves for what could turn into a rush of applicants.

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US introduces new policy on Central American child refugees

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The US will accept more Central American children as refugees under a new plan announced by Vice President Joe Biden.

Starting next month, some Central American immigrants will be allowed to petition to bring their children as refugees, as part of a new State Department program intended to help stem the tide of unaccompanied minors illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.

But immigration advocates question whether the new program will help many people. It stipulates that any parent seeking refugee status for a child must be a legal resident in the U.S., and the child must be under 21 and still living in El Salvador, Guatemala, or Honduras.

"It’s a good measure for those who might benefit from it,"  said Tessie Borden of the Central American Resource Center in Los Angeles. "But in the end, we’re not sure it’s going to make a big difference in terms of big numbers."

The migrant children will be considered for refugee status along with Columbians and Cubans. Currently, 4,000 spots are available each fiscal year.

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