Feathered Bastard

Obama's Executive Action on Immigration Historic, but Leaves Many Behind

If you do the math, you will understand why the mood at the Arizona Capitol in downtown Phoenix last night, where activists gathered to watch President Barack Obama's historic immigration speech, was one of resignation, and for some, sadness.

The White House estimates that Obama's much-anticipated executive action will cover more than four million undocumented immigrants in this country, allowing them to live and work free from fear of deportation, in a temporary status that can only be made permanent by an act of Congress.

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Stephen is a former staff writer and columnist at Phoenix New Times.
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