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President Obama To Address The Nation On Immigration Reform

| by Edward Arnold

President Obama will address the nation at 8 p.m. EST Thursday night announcing an executive order on immigration. On Friday, he will follow up the speech at a school in Nevada -- the same school where he made a major immigration speech in 2013.

Nevada, home of Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid, is the state with the largest proportion of undocumented workers in the nation.

The President, who has consistently favored comprehensive immigration reform led by Congress, is now taking his own action to fix the broken immigration system.

In the summer of 2013, the Senate passed an immigration bill that would have allowed 8 million undocumented immigrants to apply for U.S. citizenship after a 13-year legalization process with $38 billion going to double the border patrol. Speaker of the House John Boehner refused to let the House consider the bill.

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It is believed President Obama will grant legal status to millions of migrants in the country illegally.

Republicans have strongly opposed any unilateral action by the President on this issue and have threatened using the "power of the purse" to defund his actions. They have raised the issue that Obama is unlawfully using his powers and destroying the Constitution.

Source: Rueters, USA Today / Photo Credit: Associated Press