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Obama’s executive action on immigration: Its legality and its messaging




US President Barack Obama tries to stop people boing an immigration activist who interrupted him during a campaign event at Dr. Henry A. Wise Jr. High School October 19, 2014 in Upper Marlboro, Maryland.
US President Barack Obama tries to stop people boing an immigration activist who interrupted him during a campaign event at Dr. Henry A. Wise Jr. High School October 19, 2014 in Upper Marlboro, Maryland.
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President Obama is set to announce Thursday that he is going issue an executive order to grant temporary legal status to millions of undocumented immigrants, according to the Washington Post. On Friday, the President will make the full announcement on his plans at a Las Vegas school.

Details are still sketchy, but the New York Times citing anonymous sources are reporting that Obama’s plan would grant work permits for up to five million people who are in this country illegally. However, they won’t likely get health care subsidies under the Affordable Care Act.

The GOP has vowed to do everything it can to block such a move, just early this month House Speaker John Boehner took to the national stage to warn President Obama precisely of taking unilateral action on immigration.

Is the executive action legal? Does this represent executive power overreach? How likely would it be blocked by its opponents?

Guests: 

Fawn Johnson, Congressional correspondent for the National  Journal who focuses on immigration and other issues

Kris Kobach, recently re-elected Secretary of State of Kansas;  nationally-recognized as an author of legislation to stop illegal immigration

David Leopold, immigration attorney based in Cleveland; past president of the American Immigration Lawyers Association