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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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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