President Obama offered legal status to millions of undocumented immigrants during a press conference from the White House on Nov. 20. Read on for all the details of his new immigration plan!
President Obama announced on Nov. 20 that he will halt the deportation of up to 5 million people who entered the United States illegally. In his prime-time speech to the country, he said he will offer temporary protection from deportation to those who meet certain guidelines. Find out all the details!
President Obama’s Immigration Plan — He Offers Legal Status To Millions
For his highly-anticipated plan, President Obama described how he’ll change the current immigration plan.
“First: we’ll build on our progress at the border with additional resources for our law enforcement personnel,” he said. “Second: I’ll make it easier and faster for high-skilled immigrants, graduates and entrepreneurs to stay and contribute to our economy. Third: we’ll take steps to deal responsibly with the millions of undocumented immigrants who already live in our country.”
He even went as far as offering a deal to those who have entered the Unites States illegally.
“If you’ve been in America for more than five years, if you have children who are American citizens or legal residents, if you register, pass a criminal background check, and you’re willing to pay your fair share of taxes, you’ll be able to apply to stay in the country, temporarily, without fear of deportation,” the President said, before telling immigrants they can come out of the shadows and get right with the law. “That’s what this deal is,” he said.
This deal, however, does not apply to those who have come to the country recently or illegally — now or in the future.
To read President Obama’s full speech, click here.
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— Kindra Bailey