President Obama is going to outline the details of his executive action dealing with immigration tomorrow evening.
"Tomorrow night I'm going to be announcing here from the White House, some steps that I can take to start fixing our broken immigration," Obama said in a video released on Facebook.
His speech is scheduled for 6 p.m. tomorrow.
"Everybody agrees that our immigration system is broken," Obama said. "Unfortunately, Washington has allowed the problems to fester for too long. So, what I'm going to be laying out is the things that I can do with my lawful authority as president to make the system better, even as I continue to work with Congress and encourage them to get a bipartisan, comprehensive bill that can solve the entire problem."
The details of Obama's plan haven't been made public yet, but the New York Times has reported it involves extending deportation relief and work authorization to the unauthorized immigrant parents of U.S. citizen children. This could affect more than 4 million people nationwide, according to estimates.
In response to word of the president's announcement, National Day Laborer Organizing Network director Pablo Alvarado issued a statement responding to the "mixed messages" of how far Obama's order will go.
"The President must look to administrative relief as a question of correcting injustice and ensuring good governance and end the pattern of using immigrants' lives for partisan games," Alvarado says.
Locally, the immigrant-rights group Puente is organizing a watch party for Obama's announcement.
"I think it's a good start," Puente executive director Carlos Garcia tells New Times. "What we're hearing now is deportation relief for anywhere from 3 to 5 million people, which is just half of our community." (Recent estimates put the unauthorized immigrant population at about 11 million nationwide.)
Puente will continue to work toward its goal of no more deportations, but will also help people who become eligible for deportation relief under the new Obama policy get all of the necessary steps completed, Garcia says.
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